Gavin McDonnell: ‘I want to win more titles and make my sons proud’

Gavin McDonnell is eyeing up a third world title shot and wants to make his sons proud when he steps back into the ring next month.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 10:00 am
Gavin McDonnell. Photo: Mark Robinson

The 34-year-old last fought in October 2019, but he remains determined to build on his European and British super-bantamweight title success.

McDonnell’s bid to become a two-weight European champion will take place on April 23 when he challanges Andoni Gago (24-3-3, 7 KOs) for his belt on a Matchroom Boxing event in Barcelona.

The bout was initially scheduled to take place on March 26 but due to extended travel restrictions in the country, owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the fight has been pushed back.

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McDonnell (22-2-2, 6 KOs) is a two-time super-bantamweight world title challenger and is looking to add another belt to his collection after stepping up to featherweight. Bilbao’s Gago won the belt in his home city back in June 2019.

McDonnell recently signed an advisory deal with MTK Global.

"I'm really looking forward to working with MTK Global,” he said. “This is the fresh start I’ve been needing and the opportunity to work with another leading name in boxing, so I’m grateful.

"MTK Global are leading the way so to be a part of that team is very exciting. I can’t thank my manager Stefy Bull enough for negotiating this deal and believing I’ve still got some big nights in me.

"I’ve had a scheduled European title fight as mandatory challenger against Andoni Gago since last March. He’s highly ranked by all the world governing bodies, and as high as 5th with the IBF, so winning that would be a big achievement.

"It would see me win two European titles at two weights and put me in line for another possible world title fight. I’ve stayed in the gym all year working with Stefy and Ray Doyle knowing what’s at stake.

"I want more big nights as I didn’t start boxing until I was 25. I still feel fresh and I still have goals and I want to win more titles and make my sons proud. With MTK Global I know this can be achieved."

MTK Global promoter Lee Eaton said: "We're thrilled to be welcoming Gavin McDonnell to the team. We're confident that alongside Stefy Bull we can help Gavin once again become one of the best fighters in the world.