Gavin McDonnell caught in war of words with British title foe

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He may normally be mild-mannered but Gavin McDonnell told opponent Leigh Wood exactly what he is going to do him tonight after a heated head-to-head at yesterday’s weigh in.

The Dunscroft fighter will face Nottingham’s Wood for the vacant British super bantamweight crown in Hull tonight.

And despite a respectful build-up, the genuine 50-50 clash looks set to be a fiery one.

Wood came in just two ounces shy of the 8st 10lb limit at yesterday’s weigh in while McDonnell was much more comfortably inside the limit at 8st 8lb 7oz.

During the traditional head-to-head for the cameras, Wood gauded McDonnell, telling him he could have done with having the extra pound and a half he would have been allowed for tonight’s bout.

As Wood smirked, McDonnell responded: “You’re getting it mate, big time.”

The two were gently pulled apart as insults flew back and forth in a scene which has only intensified the interest in a contest which has been the subject over fierce debate over the outcome.

McDonnell had avoided being drawn into a war of words at Thursday’s press conference despite some verbal digs from Wood and his Sheffield trainer Dominic Ingle.

Wood promised that McDonnell would follow twin brother Jamie in failing to win a British title at his first attempt while Ingle labelled the 27-year-old basic and one-dimensional.

McDonnell only reiterate his belief he will be victorious tonight’s contest which will be live on Sky Sports at 8pm.