Gavin McDonnell says he will win the battle of the unbeaten Super Bantamweights against Leigh Wood and win the British title at the Hull Ice Arena on February 22.
The Doncaster man faces Nottingham’s Wood for the vacant crown with both men putting their ‘0’s’ on the line to land the coveted Lord Lonsdale belt and move into prime position in one of Britain’s most exciting divisions.
McDonnell claimed a comfortable points win over Josh Wale in his hometown in September in a final eliminator for the title, a performance that came hot on the heels of his Central Area title defence in July against Ross Burkinshaw where he retained the belt with a second round stoppage.
“Every fighter dreams of landing the British title and I’m no different,” said McDonnell. “We’re both 11-0 – it’s a good 50-50 fight and we’ll both be putting it all on the line.
“I’ve had a couple of eliminators and worked my way up to the fight with pure hard work and now I’m here.”
Unbeaten Sheffield fighter Kid Galahad vacated the title that McDonnell and Wood battle for on February 22, and Wood knows first-hand what it takes to win the British title as he shares the famous Ingle Gym in Sheffield with Galahad. McDonnell expects Wood to display all the hallmarks of an Ingle Gym fighter and believes topping bills at the Doncaster Dome last year will enable him to handle the pressure of a title fight live on Sky Sports.
“He’s going to be tricky coming from the Ingle Gym, so we’re just going to prepare for the best Leigh Wood there is,” said McDonnell. “We’re going to turn up and beat him, simple. We knew that it was going to be Leigh a long time ago so we’ve had plenty of time to work on a game-plan.
“It’s the biggest show I’ve boxed on but I’ve topped bills in Doncaster recently so I’m used to big fights now and I’ve come through them with flying colors, but the British title is massive for me so there will be nerves, but I’m not going to let the chance slip through my fingers.”