Doncaster’s Gav ready to follow brother

On course: Gavin McDonnell
On course: Gavin McDonnell

BRITISH title hopeful Gavin McDonnell is on course to win the same belt that first propelled his twin into the big time.

The Hatfield fighter, aged 26, who’s a division above Jamie at super-bantamweight, will take on Welshman Paul Economides on the next Doncaster Dome show on April 19.

It will form part of a bumper night of boxing with stablemates Stuart Brookes, Andy Townend and Connor Nixon all fighting for titles. There’s no title on the line for McDonnell but the ten rounder will act as a British title eliminator.

McDonnell was offered an English title fight with highly-rated scouser James Dickens but the way he sees it, they may as well meet for the famous Lonsdale belt.

He told The Star: “I reckon Scott Quigg’s going to vacate the British title soon enough which will leave it vacant for me and James to fight for if we both come through our next fights.

“There was not much point in having the fight now. If I was to lose then at least it’d be in a British title fight and I could always tell people that I’d fought for it.

“Jamie never won the belt outright because he moved so quickly but I’ve got time to hang around domestically and that’s one thing I’d love to do.”

Economides, from Connahs Quay, has won 13 and lost 3 including twice at Welsh title level and McDonnell does look on paper to be the favourite.

The only blip on his record was against Ashley Lane, a draw. He says that it’s now totally out of his system.

“I didn’t have no energy for that fight and I still thought I won. Economides is a bit like Lane. He comes forward but I’m comfortable on the backfoot and I’m only going to get stronger as fights wear on,” stated McDonnell.

McDonnell has been given a boost by the sponsorship of local company S&G Commercials Limited. He added: “Their support is going to help me have time off work during the training camp and that will help to improve my performance.

“When you’re shattered from work, you then have to do two hours in gym and eat only rabbit food but this will help me out no end and I appreciate their support and faith in me.”