Gavin McDonnell ‘close to world title fight’ according to Eddie Hearn

Gavin McDonnell at the announcement of his European title fight
Gavin McDonnell at the announcement of his European title fight

Gavin McDonnell is only a few fights away from a world title shot according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

McDonnell faces the biggest test of his still burgeoning career on March 28 when he faces unbeaten Ukranian Oleksandr Yehorov for the vacant European super bantamweight title in Sheffield.

And Hearn believes should the Dunscroft fighter emerge victorious, a world title challenge could beckon before the end of the year.

“If he wins the European title, one defence and who could rule out a world title fight for him,” Hearn told the Free Press. “In a few weeks time he could be undefeated British champion, European champion and eighth in the world rankings.

“He’s not that far away from a world title fight.

“In a couple of fights, he could be calling that on.”

McDonnell’s bout against Yehorov will be on the undercard of the return of Sheffield’s Kell Brook, who will make his first defence of his IBF welterweight title against Jo Jo Dan.

His European title shot comes in his 15th bout and Hearn says he has enjoyed being part of McDonnell’s rise to championship glory.

He said: “I’ve really enjoyed being a part of Gavin’s success.

“Four or five fights ago he was boxing for an Area title.

“But since then the Leigh Wood, Josh Wale and Vusi Malinga fights were all great fights.

“He’s entertaining. We’re seeing his fan base growing all the time.

“It’ll be a tough fight against this Ukranian, he’s undefeated. It’s a 50-50 fight.”