31st May 2012
|Gavin (right) with champion brother Jamie|
It’s hard to tell them apart, the only difference at the moment is boxing success. But Gavin McDonnell is looking for that to change as he takes the advice of twin brother Jamie, the current British, Commonwealth and European bantamweight champion and
Gavin has a bit of a way to go at the moment after turning professional late in 2010. He won his first 4 fights before boxing to a draw in his last outing against Northampton’s Ashley Lane who gave Gavin an hard nights work in March.
McDonnell, 26, looks to get back to winning ways on June 8th when he takes on Slovakian Elemir Rafael at the Doncaster Dome in his home town. Gavin took the draw as a loss at the time, but says he is now is over it and with the support of sibling Jamie he accepts that the blip, could turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
“Originally I was disappointed in a way but I knew I’d won the fight. I was told not to worry but with it being my own show, it felt like a defeat.” McDonnell told the South Yorkshire Times..
“Jamie said that we all have draws and he’s had them in the past and became a better fighter because of them. I’m still unbeaten and from that one fight alone I’ve learned more than I have in the others.
“Hopefully we can sort out a re-match on Stefy’s next show and put that one to bed.”
Jamie has had great recent success and is on the verge of a world title shot and his Doncaster fan base is not only filtering through Yorkshire but around the UK as boxing fans have been impressed and taken to the soft spoken leading bantamweight in the country. The success of Jamie only spurs Gavin on to emulate his story and he believes that eventually he can do even better than him. But first his attentions are firmly on Rafael.
“I’ve seen him (Rafael) box Josh Wale before and he just backed off. I can remember thinking if I boxed him, I’d beat him,” said McDonnell
“I like to hit to the body like Jamie does and that’ll hurt him. There’s always pressure on me and I wouldn’t want it any other way really.
“I want to impress people and by the time the next fight comes around I want to have built my own little army of fans to get myself going and so I can do better than my brother.”