Gavin McDonnell ordered to face Dickens in British title defence

Gavin McDonnell must defend his British super bantamweight title against Jazza Dickens

Gavin McDonnell must defend his British super bantamweight title against Jazza Dickens

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Gavin McDonnell has been ordered to defend his British super bantamweight title against James ‘Jazza’ Dickens later this year, writes Liam Hoden.

Scouse fighter Dickens is the current English champion at the weight.

The 23-year-old has lost just once in his 18 fight career, when he was stopped in his first British title bout against Sheffield’s Kid Galahad last year.

Dickens won plenty of plaudits for his performance in that fight. He was reportedly ahead on the judges’ scorecards when he was felled by Galahad.

The British Boxing Board of Control has put the fight out for purse bids and has ruled it must take place by the end of October.

Dunscroft fighter McDonnell won the British title in February and made his first defence against Josh Wale last month.

Barnsley’s Wale had initially been promised a rematch with McDonnell by promoter Eddie Hearn, following the pair’s thrilling title battle which ended in a controversial draw.

But there is some consolation for Wale who has been granted a shot at the winner by the Board of Control.