Gavin McDonnell is the new European champion

Gavin McDonnell holds the European title aloft
Gavin McDonnell holds the European title aloft

Gavin McDonnell won the European super bantamweight title in some style after outpointing the tough Oleksandr Yegorov in Sheffield.

In just the 15th professional bout of his career, the Doncaster fighter bossed a number of rounds and even hinted at a stoppage triumph during the middle rounds.

Though never fully allowed to find his flow by the tricky Yegorov, McDonnell showed a pleasing range of shots to always have the edge.

It was when the 28-year-old went to the body that he looked capable of ending the night early but he struggled to string body shots together.

McDonnell’s accuracy to the head was largely good, though Yegorov never looked like he would be took out early with a shot to the face.

In what has become a trademark of both McDonnell twins, he showed remarkable resilience by walking through numerous clean shots.

But he never looked in any danger of allowing the fight to slip away from him.

The judges’ scorecards read 117-111, 118-110 and 118-109, reflecting the control he had on the bout and adding the European title to the Central Area, British and WBO international crowns he previously won.

Also on the card, headlined by Kell Brook’s four round demolition of Jo Jo Dan, it was a bad night for Sheffield’s Adam Etches who suffered the first defeat of his career.

After having the edge in the early stages, Etches was crumpled with a sickening shot in the fourth round from tough as teak Sergey Khomitsky.

There were victories for Stephen Smith, Kal Yafai and Frankie Gavin.

For a full round-up, see Monday’s Star