Oh brother! Gavin sets a super standard


Gavin McDonnell set a superb standard for his brother Jamie to follow in as he edged closer to a British title bout with a fine win over Paul Economides.

McDonnell controlled the eliminator at Doncaster Dome from the outset, picking apart his Chester opponent with an intelligent stick-and-move approach for a unanimous points decision.

To his credit, the game Economides wouldn’t accept an early finish, despite punishing combinations from McDonnell. Though there may still be a way to go for the Hatfield fighter before he lands a shot at Scott Quigg’s British strap, he does know his likely next opponent. A derby between McDonnell and Josh Wale - who was a spectator on Friday - is likely to take place on the next Dome show. But first, McDonnell will return to training today to help twin Jamie prepare for his IBF world bantamweight title fight on May 11 at the Keepmoat.

Birthday boy Andy Townend will be able to strut down his street this week after securing the British Masters lightweight title in a thrilling all-Barnsley war with neighbour Ben Wager. Townend struggledin the first few rounds against a stronger Wager.

But it appeared as though a switch was flicked in the fifth round and Townend began to demonstrated frightening accuracy to dismantle the man he lives on the same Cudworth street as. Wager did well to survive until the end of the eighth, when he retired on his stool.

Connor Nixon will have to return to the drawing board after being out-battled by Scott Gladwin in a Central Area super flyweight title bout. Hatfield’s Nixon was a bloody mess after the bout which was dominated by the much stronger Gladwin. Gladwin took the fight 98-92.

Sheffield’s Central Area light middleweight king Sam Sheedy took all four rounds against Dee Mitchell.

Luke Crowcroft put personal grief to one side for four rounds for a confident win over Doncaster rival James Tucker.

Scawthorpe super middleweight Crowcroft lost his grandmother last weekend but produced a mature performance to outwit Bessacarr’s Tucker.

There was a surprise defeat for Darfield’s Robbie Barrett who was edged out 57-56 by the dangerous Ismail Anwar.

Barrett looked to have done enough courtesy of a first round knockdown but Anwar took the decision after a competitive six rounds.

Harworth’s Josh Morgan showed great accuracy to beat Bheki Moyo 40-37 on points.

On Saturday night, Rossington lightweight Maxi Hughes gave a good show but lost 98-94 in a competitive clash with Scott Cardle with the Central Area title on the line.