Boxing: Gavin McDonnell will do his talking ‘in the ring’

Gavin McDonnell
Gavin McDonnell

Gavin McDonnell may have found his name on the lips of many a rival but he is not about to join the big talk brigade.

The Hatfield super bantamweight will meet Chester’s Paul Economides in a British title eliminator at the Dome next Friday.

Opponent Economides has not been shy in saying exactly what he thinks of McDonnell.

And neither has Barnsley’s Josh Wale who has made no secret of his thoughts on his prospects in a potential South Yorkshire super fight.

But McDonnell is not interested in pre-fight verbal sparring.

“It’s an old cliche but I do my talking in the ring,” the 27-year-old said.

“It’s not my style to talk big about an opponent and it doesn’t bother me what they might say about me either.

“I know I’m in for a tough fight against a good kid and that’s all I need to know.

“I don’t know what he’s said and I don’t know a lot about him as a fighter.

“I’ll be ready for anything he’s got and I’ll be coming out as winner.

“I don’t really need to say much more than that.”

McDonnell is currently training alongside twin Jamie ahead of his IBF world title fight next month.

And he says training alongside his brother for two huge bouts has been a fantastic experience.

McDonnell said: “I’m absolutely buzzing right now.

“To have this massive fight coming up and for Jamie to have one as well, you can’t help but be excited.

“We usually only overlap in the gym for about a week of training so to both be in camp together is great.

“And after this fight I’ll be straight back in the gym to help him out.”