Gavin McDonnell’s time to shine

START OF SOMETHING SPECIAL? Gavin McDonnell has been tipped for English and British title glory if he can win the Central Area super bantamweight crown on Saturday.
START OF SOMETHING SPECIAL? Gavin McDonnell has been tipped for English and British title glory if he can win the Central Area super bantamweight crown on Saturday.
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GAVIN McDonnell has been urged to step out of the shadow of world title chasing twin brother Jamie and make headlines of his own.

The Hatfield super bantamweight chases his first title on Saturday night as he contests the Central Area title with fellow unbeaten prospect Scott Gladwin in the main event at the Dome.

And trainer Stefy Bull wants the 26-year-old to put his name on people’s lips, rather than his brother.

Bull said: “Gavin is a really good boxer but unfortunately for him whenever he is talked about, Jamie is usually brought up.

“He doesn’t deserve to be in Jamie’s shadow because he’s much better than that and this is the time for him to prove it.

“Winning this title in his seventh fight will be a massive statement and it’ll open up the path to the English and British titles.

“Gavin stole the show at the Dome last time out with a brilliant performance.

“He’s got it in him to do it again on Saturday.”

Standing in McDonnell’s way is Halifax’s Gladwin who has won all five of his contests so far.

While on paper the fight is 50-50, Bull fully expects his man to emerge victorious.

He said: “I’m really confident that Gav will end the fight early.

“It’s his first step up to ten rounds but I think that’ll only go in his favour.

“If his last fight had been just one minute longer he would’ve had a stoppage.

“He’s been sparring with Jamie and Connor Nixon has been giving him a tough time, preparing him to go up against a southpaw.

“He’s thrown himself into this fight full on, he lost money taking time off work so he could train twice a day which shows you how much he wants it.

“Gav has always been frustrated by the comparisons with Jamie but this is his time to shine and he’s definitely ready for it.”

McDonnell was at his slick best in seeing off Elemir Rafael in his last bout in June, a victory which took him to 5-0-1 in his career.