Tale of the unexpected for Gavin McDonnell and Jeremy Parodi

Gavin McDonnell and Jeremy Parodi
Gavin McDonnell and Jeremy Parodi

Dave Coldwell has warned Saturday night’s European title tussle between Gavin McDonnell and Jeremy Parodi will be a tale of the unexpected.

McDonnell’s trainer Coldwell is expecting a completely different Parodi from the one which lost to world champion Carl Frampton in his most high profile fight.

But he has also issued a warning to the Frenchman that McDonnell is vastly improved from any outing in the past.

Doncaster’s McDonnell will defend his European super bantamweight title against Parodi at Sheffield Arena.

Though Chris Eubank Jnr has replaced the injured Kell Brook at the top of Saturday’s bill, the McDonnell-Parodi clash has the real main event feel to it.

And Coldwell is expecting an enthralling contest.

“Parodi is a completely different fighter to what people think,” Coldwell told the Star.

“They’re just going to watch the Frampton fight. He ran against Frampton and looked a scared fighter just throwing in bursts.

“He isn’t going to do that against Gavin McDonnell.

“He’s going to look at Gav see he doesn’t punch hard, pushes his shots out, he’s slow, he leans forward, he’s easy to hit.

“He’ll try to get Gav to fall short and come over the top with fast right hands. He’ll come forward.

“But it won’t be what he is expecting with the big adjustments that Gav has made. If Gav can put them into practice on Saturday night, he’ll be a completely different fighter to what Parodi has been studying and watching.

“No one outside our camp has seen that yet.

“Gav sparred with Ryan Burnett – a world class prospect. And from the first spar to the last, Ryan was not talking about his improvement, he was talking about two completely different fighters.”

Doncaster heavyweight David Allen will now face Frenchman Fabrice Aurieng after a late change.