Gavin McDonnell expects a better Josh Wale but confident of win

Gavin McDonnell
Gavin McDonnell

Gavin McDonnell is expecting twice the Josh Wale he previously fought when he defends his British title against him later this year.

McDonnell has agreed a voluntary defence against Barnsley fighter Wale, who he beat in a British title final eliminator last September.

And the Dunscroft man expects Wale to be an even tougher foe this time around with the increased stakes.

“It’s going to be a tough fight like the first one was,” McDonnell told the Free Press.

“The points cards made it look quite comfortable but I always thought it was a lot closer.

“I keep telling people that Josh will be twice the fighter this time around.

“Not many agree with me but it’s different when that British title is there.

“It’s his dream to win it like it was mine and that does a lot when you’re in there.”

The 27-year-old is fully confident of quelling Wale’s revenge mission when the two go toe to toe again.

He said: “I just feel like I’m riding a wave at the minute. My confidence is high and I’m improving all the time.

“I believe I’m the better boxer and I’ll be showing that when we fight again.

“It’ll be a pleasure to get back in there with Josh because he’s a really nice kid and talented as well.

“But there’s no way that I’m giving up the title yet.

“This is just the start of big things for me.”

A date and venue for the bout is expected to be announced this week. Promoters Matchroom are favouring the venue in Hull where McDonnell won the British title and an early June fight night.