Gavin McDonnell - British champion

Gavin McDonnell
Gavin McDonnell

Dreams do come true - as Gavin McDonnell both now knows so well.

His dismantling stoppage of a game Leigh Wood could only be just the beginning of something very special indeed as the wider boxing public begin to take him seriously as more than Jamie McDonnell’s twin brother.

Rising star McDonnell has shown improvement in each of his fights, particularly over the last 18 months on stepping up in class. There was little doubting that Wood was his best and most troublesome opponent yet.

But McDonnell more than dealt with what the Ingle-trained fighter had to give before unleashing a sixth round assault for which Wood had no answer.

Wood was felled in a contentious first round knockdown but recovered to look strong over the opening three rounds, his busier work putting him ahead of McDonnell.

The Dunscroft man responded well in the fourth, increasingly absorbing Wood’s assaults on his gloves and beginning to string shots together of his own.

After an even fifth came an explosive sixth. A right hook sparked a barrage which tore Wood apart and brought an early finish.

McDonnell’s super bantamweight title triumph sealed a piece of history with brother Jamie - the first time identical twin brothers have both held British titles.

n For an in-depth report and reaction see Thursday’s Doncaster Free Press