Saturday’s blockbuster fight may be off but Stefy Bull believes he is putting on a bout that could top any bill.
A cut has put paid to the heavyweight clash between David Haye and Tyson Fury.
But there will be no stopping Gavin McDonnell and Josh Wale who headline Bragging Rights at the Dome on Saturday night.
If the prospect of a South Yorkshire showdown was not enough, the bout has added spice in being a final eliminator for the British super bantamweight crown.
Conisbrough promoter Bull is clearly buzzing at the fight he has managed to put together.
And he expects to be flying even higher at the end of the night as he is predicting a win for Dunscroft’s unbeaten McDonnell, who he also manages.
“I think this fight will be won in the dressing room,” Bull said.
“It’s all about confidence and the right game plan.
“And I’m fully confident that Gavin will win it.
“He doesn’t see any difference between himself and Jamie (McDonnell, twin brother and world champion).
“He believes he can reach the very top like Jamie has and that confidence will take you a long way.
“What he’s done isn’t just about that though – he’s improved massively and he’s been very impressive.
“We always say who would have thought a few years ago that Jamie would be a world champion.
“Well, you can say the same for Gav and being on the cusp of a British title fight.
“His rise has been that impressive and I’m sure we’ll be celebrating again on Saturday night.
“To be a British champion he’s got to be beating the likes of Josh Wale – and that’s no disrespect to Josh because he’s a very good fighter.”
Wale has staked his claim as a contender for major titles over the past few years, fighting for English and Commonwealth crowns at both bantam and super bantamweight.
He has also previously fought current British king Kid Galahad, losing in a WBC international title fight last year.
McDonnell is yet to reach the national level but remains unbeaten – the only blot on his record being a draw in a four round contest early in his career.
Bull is confident McDonnell is in the best shape of his career so far, primed for the toughest fight of his career so far and ready to rise past Wale in the rankings.
He said: “Gav’s sparring with a world champion in Jamie every single day – you can’t buy that.
“He’s done well sparring with Josh Warrington who is a good featherweight prospect.
“And he’s been up to spar with Scott Quigg (world title contender) and he held his own.
“We couldn’t have been any happier with how this camp has gone.
“He’s ready for this, both physically and mentally.
“This fight is exciting for everyone but you’ve got to think how exciting it is for both Gav and Josh. Neither one of them will be able to wait to get in there .”
Bull believes he has also put on another fight worthy of headlining any card in the chief support between Cudworth’s Andy Townend and former world title contender Rendall Munroe.
He said: “This is a great fight because you’ve got a great fighter looking to get back to the top against an exciting up and comer.
“Andy is as game as they come and this is huge for him.
“If he can perform as well as he has done in the past, win lose or draw, it could be the making of his career.
“Impress and he’s going to catapult himself upward.”
n Full Bragging Rights card: Gavin McDonnell v Josh Wale 12x3 British super bantamweight title final eliminator; Andy Townend v Rendall Munroe 10x3 English super featherweight title eliminator; Mickey Davies v Duane Green; Fergus Taylor v Jason Nesbitt; Josh Morgan v Graham Fearn; Connor Nixon v Brett Fidoe; Andy Collins v Rhys Saunders; plus Thomas Harty Jnr.