Gavin McDonnell ready to ‘give back’ on Dome return

Gavin McDonnell. Picture: Mark Robinson
Gavin McDonnell. Picture: Mark Robinson

It may not be a world title fight but Gavin McDonnell will enjoy his outing this weekend more than most.

The Dunscroft fighter is back at the Dome for the first time in almost four years as he looks to tick over ahead of another world title push later in the year.

McDonnell admits motivation for his six round contest against an as-yet unnamed opponent will be much harder to come by than normal.

But an opportunity to return to the venue where his professional career began has means it will be a sweet night for the 31-year-old super bantamweight.

“We had a good time at the Dome, many good nights,” McDonnell said.

“I’m happy I can come back and jump on these shows in a little six rounder.

“There’s not as much pressure on my shoulders as I’ve had in previous fights. I can enjoy the occasion more.

“I feel like I’m giving something back to everybody by coming back and showing my face.

“I get this chance to come back and see all my local fans who have to shell out a lot of money travelling half the length of the country to watch me usually.

“I’m coming back to give them all a little thank you in a way.”

For once, McDonnell will not be at the top of the card with the Dome show featuring a British title fight, two English championship contests and a Central Area title bout.

Manager Stefy Bull is hunting for an international opponent to keep his man busy this weekend.

While he will be stepping out of the spotlight somewhat on Saturday night, McDonnell says he is happy to do so on such a fight night.

He said: “I’m looking forward to coming back and putting on a little show for everybody.

“And the fact it’s such a cracking show makes it even better. It’ll be a good night.

“Obviously I’m not so excited about the fight because I’ve been to the top in these massive fights.

“But being on this brilliant show, coming back to have one more roll of the dice, I’m really going to enjoy it.”