McDonnell: I’ve earned my spot – it’s nothing to do with Jamie

Gavin McDonnell (right) is fed up of being accused by cynics of riding the coat tails of twin brother Jamie (left), the IBF world bantamweight champion. Picture: Trevor Price
Gavin McDonnell (right) is fed up of being accused by cynics of riding the coat tails of twin brother Jamie (left), the IBF world bantamweight champion. Picture: Trevor Price

Gavin McDonnell admits ‘proving people wrong’ is one of the main driving forces behind his rapid rise in boxing.

The frustrated super bantamweight is fed up of jibes accusing him of hanging on the coat tails of world champion twin brother Jamie after his pro debut in 2010 and is determined to silence the cynics.

The Doncaster fighter is going about that in the right way after winning a British title eliminator in his last bout and snapping up a showdown with Sheffield’s former English king Ross Burkinshaw on July 6.

But the doubters still persist.

“I want to shut people up, that’s a massive motivation for me,” McDonnell said.

“I’ve heard plenty of people say that I’ve only got to where I am because I’m Jamie’s brother.

“Anyone who knows anything about boxing knows that isn’t true.

“I’ve fought my way right towards a British title fight in two and a half years after only five amateur fights. I’m here on merit.

“Being compared to our kid bothered me at first but I’ve accepted that was always going to happen.

“But being accused of using what he’s achieved to get me further is rubbish and disrespectful.”

McDonnell sees his defence of the Central Area super bantamweight title against Burkinshaw as another step towards fulling standing in his own light.

Though injury problems have blighted a promising career for Burkinshaw, McDonnell still expects the Deepcar fighter to show his class.

“He’s a good boxer and it’ll be more of a boxing match than I’m used to,” the 27-year-old said.

“He’s a decent size which will allow me to mix it up because usually I have to work from range with smaller lads.

“I wouldn’t say there’s a favourite – he’s fought at a higher level, against better kids and for titles but I’m on a roll.

“After his problems it’s a good he’s taken this fight and it shows how confident he is.

“It’s a good 50-50 fight and we both need to win to get to that next level.”

The clash will headline the Summertime Brawl show at Doncaster’s Dome on July 6. For tickets call 07976328015.