Gavin McDonnell out to exorcise his demon in Wood

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Gavin McDonnell says he is sick of the sight of Leigh Wood – and the two will not even be in the same room as each other until this afternoon.

Doncaster’s McDonnell and Wood – trained in Sheffield by the Ingles – will face off for the vacant British super bantamweight title on Saturday night in Hull.

First, they will go nose to nose at this afternoon’s press conference but McDonnell cannot wait to get the Nottingham fighter off his mind.

“It’s started to get to the stage now where all I’m thinking about is Leigh Wood,” McDonnell told the Star.

“I’m going to bed and I’m sick to death of seeing his face. – it’s starting to do my head in.

“He’s in the same boat, I’m sure I’m all over his mind.

“Stuff like this is what makes good fights. Neither of us wants to get beat.

“I can’t think of getting beat. It would break my heart.”

The title fight is a step up for both men and a genuine 50-50 with each fighter unbeaten in 11 bouts.

McDonnell has improved steadily with each fight, particular in the last year when he defeated Sheffield’s Ross Burkinshaw and Barnsley’s Josh Wale.

The 27-year-old recognises Wood as his best foe to date.

McDonnell said: “I’m expecting the best Leigh Wood there is and he is a good kid.

“It’s his biggest fight to date like it’s mine.

“The British title is the ultimate for a British fighter.

“I’m expecting him to give 100 per cent like I will.”

McDonnell recognises exactly what a win on Saturday night could do for him.

And he is determined to do what his world champion twin brother could not – win the British title outright.

He said: “It would open a lot of doors.

“t’s about winning and then I’m on the scene.

“I wouldn’t mind a nice year at British level. I’ve still not got a lot of experience and I’m still learning.

“It would be stupid to start getting carried away.

“To win a British title outright, that’s my main goal for this year.

“But I’ve got to win it first.”