Gavin joins McDonnell gold rush - Slideshow

GAVIN McDonnell produced a brilliantly ruthless performance to stop unbeaten Scott Gladwin and land his first professional title.

McDonnell blasted his way out of the shadow of twin brother Jamie with a dominant performance at the Dome to dismantle Gladwin and become the new Central Area super bantamweight king.

CHAMPION: Gavin McDonnell has his hand raised after stopping Scott Gladwin to win the Central Area super bantamweight title. Picture: Trevor Price

CHAMPION: Gavin McDonnell has his hand raised after stopping Scott Gladwin to win the Central Area super bantamweight title. Picture: Trevor Price

The 26-year-old downed the Halifax fighter with a vicious upper cut at the start of the sixth and gave Gladwin no time to catch his breath after he gamely rose to his feet.

Referee Michael Alexander stepped in as Gladwin was increasingly overwhelmed and Hatfield’s McDonnell was crowned champion.

Earlier in the night, Edlington’s John Anthony failed in his bid to take the Central Area light heavyweight title from Sheffield’s Carl Wild.

Anthony made a game start to the bout, clubbing Wild with his big right hand.

But as Anthony ran out of steam, the taller Wild took command with his jab to control the second half of the fight.

Referee Howard Foster handed Wild the win with a 96-95 points decision.

Stainforth’s Micky ‘Dynamite’ Davies made an explosive start to his professional career by knocking out Aaron Fox in the first round of his debut.

Fox made it to his feet after taking a right hook to the temple but was in no position to continue according to Foster.

Connor Nixon continued the unbeaten start to his career with a comfortable win over Bulgarian fighter Stefan Slavchev.

Hatfield’s Nixon had to chase down his opponent who offered little in return but managed to show off his phenomenal hand speed in the 40-36 win.

Charlie Thompson got back to winning ways with a good win over Jason Nesbitt.

Thompson, from Stainforth, picked his shots sensibly throughout the bout and emerged with a comfortable 60-55 points win.

Denaby Main’s Adam Jones kicked off the night with a narrow win over Rick Boulter.

Jones struggled to get into any kind of rhythm in the early stages but settled in eventually to secure a second win in two.

Barnsley fighter Robbie Barrett coasted past journeyman Sid Razak to a 40-36 win.

Wakefield’s Andy Townend impressed again as he forced Ross Payne to retire at the end of the second round after a fierce body shot.

And Adam Dingsdale completed the home fighter rout with a 40-36 triumph over Dan Carr.

The debut of Scawthorpe’s Luke Crowcroft – against Bessacarr’s James Tucker – was postponed as the three time former national amateur champion’s brain scan had not been returned in time.

Crowcroft is expected to make his debut on Stefy Bull’s next show at the Dome on December 1.

For more detailed analysis of Saturday’s card, see this week’s Free Press, out Thursday.