Gavin McDonnell: I aim to be better than you, brother!

Twins: Gavin, right, and Jamie McDonnell.             PICTURE: trevor price
Twins: Gavin, right, and Jamie McDonnell. PICTURE: trevor price

GAVIN McDonnell is using the advice of twin brother Jamie - but wants to be known as a fighter in his own right.

Gavin suffered a draw in his last outing, with the game Ashley Lane coming to Doncaster and forcing him to box on the backfoot.

McDonnell counter-punched well that night but from what he has seen of next opponent Elemir Rafael, he’ll be the one attacking and wants to put on a show to attract his own supporters.

“I’ve seen him (Rafael) box Josh Wale before and he just backed off. I can remember thinking if I boxed him, I’d beat him,” said the 26-year-old from Hatfield.

“I like to hit to the body like Jamie does and that’ll hurt him. There’s always pressure on me and I wouldn’t want it any other way really.

“I want to impress people and by the time the next fight comes around I want to have built my own little army of fans to get myself going and so I can do better than my brother.”

McDonnell is over the draw and will have a chance to make amends in September. Jamie offered support to him afterwards and Gavin accepts that it could help as a blessing in disguise.

“Originally I was disappointed in a way but I knew I’d won the fight. I was told not to worry but with it being my own show, it felt like a defeat.” said McDonnell.

“Jamie said that we all have draws and he’s had them in the past and became a better fighter because of them. I’m still unbeaten and from that one fight alone I’ve learned more than I have in the others.

“Hopefully we can sort out a re-match on Stefy’s next show and put that one to bed.”

Doncaster bantamweight Jason Cunningham and light-heavyweight Daniel Slaney will also be in action on the night but on Dave Coldwell’s show at Rotherham’s Magna Centre. That bill is topped by former footballer Curtis Woodhouse against Alfreton’s Dale Miles.