Boxing: Gavin McDonnell earns European title shot

Gavin McDonnell (left), pictured with his brother Jamie.
Gavin McDonnell (left), pictured with his brother Jamie.

Gavin McDonnell will take another step higher on the international stage after being granted a shot at the European super bantamweight title, writes Liam Hoden.

The European Boxing Union this week ordered a bout between the Dunscroft fighter and Oleksander Yehorov of the Ukraine for the vacant title.

The news came just days after the most significant win of the 28-year-old’s career when he outpointed former three-time world title contender Vusi Malinga to claim the WBO International championship in Hull.

Purse bids are now being accepted for the European title fight with the full details to be sorted by November 18.

Favourite to stage the bout will be McDonnell’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing.

Speaking after McDonnell’s victory over Malinga, Hearn said his man would pursue the European title in early 2015. The European title was last week vacated by Sheffield’s highly rated Kid Galahad who is now pursuing world honours at super bantamweight.

Rossington’s Maxi Hughes will face Martin J Ward in a British super featherweight title eliminator on December 6 at York Hall in London.