Doncaster’s Gavin McDonnell in mood to pick up his first pro title

Looking good: Gavin McDonnell 'has been flying' since he found out about his title shot.      PICTURE: trevor price
Looking good: Gavin McDonnell 'has been flying' since he found out about his title shot. PICTURE: trevor price

THE only thing better than revenge for Gavin McDonnell is a shot at a title.

McDonnell, 26, had hoped that his trainer and promoter Stefy Bull would be arranging him a re-match with Ashley Lane, who he drew with earlier this year, but instead Bull managed to pull off the 26-year-old a shot at the Central Area super-bantamweight title.

It is Gavin’s first attempt at a professional title and the next step on his road to emulating what his twin the British and Commonwealth bantamweight champion Jamie has achieved.

Gavin faces unbeaten Scott Gladwin, aged 24, from Halifax for the regional strap at the Doncaster Dome on September 1 and Bull is pleased with the way his charge has responded to the news.

“There’s much more prestige in winning this belt than there would have been winning the re-match because I and a lot of people ringside thought he won anyway,” said Bull.

“Gavin’s been flying ever since he found out and he’s looking really good. It’s a 50-50 fight and a good stepping stone because after the Central Area is the English title.”

Bull has put together a three title fight bill, supported by eight other contests, featuring the debuts of amateur star Luke Crowcroft and Micky Davies.

In the current climate Bull realises that he has to make his shows interesting and competitive if there is to be any sustainability to Doncaster boxing.

“People who went to my last show have bought tickets for this one, which is pleasing and proves that you’re not doing a bad job,” he said.

“I don’t want to be the next Don King or anything like that. I just want to keep boxing alive in Doncaster and to do that you’ve got to put great shows on for the paying public because it’s what they deserve.

“We’ve got three genuine close call title fights and I’ve no idea who’s going to win them.”

Charlie Thompson, Adam Jones and Connor Nixon are the other Doncaster fighters in action, whilst James Tucker will look to cause a stir by beating Crowcroft.