Gavin McDonnell: "The british title is massive for me"

Gavin McDonnell: "The british title is massive for me"

12/02/2014 at 06:47Updated 12/02/2014 at 17:26

A tasty clash at Hull’s Ice Arena bill on February 22 sees unbeaten super bantams Gavin McDonnell (10-0-1) and Leigh Wood (11-0), contest the British title. Doncaster's McDonnell claimed a comfortable points win over Josh Wale in September to set up the opportunity, and doesn't plan on letting it slip through his fingers. He said: “I've had a couple of eliminators and worked my way up to the

A tasty clash at Hull’s Ice Arena bill on February 22 sees unbeaten super bantams Gavin McDonnell (10-0-1) and Leigh Wood (11-0), contest the British title. Doncaster's McDonnell claimed a comfortable points win over Josh Wale in September to set up the opportunity, and doesn't plan on letting it slip through his fingers. He said: “I've had a couple of eliminators and worked my way up to the fight with pure hard work and now I'm here.”

Nottingham’s Wood shares the famous Ingle Gym in Sheffield with Kid Galahad, who vacated the British title last year. McDonnell expects Wood to display all the hallmarks of an Ingle Gym fighter.

“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. 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 colours, 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.”

The bill features Olympic Gold medallist Luke Campbell MBE boxing in the paid ranks for the fifth time against Norwich’s Scott Moises. Hull lightweight Tommy Coyle defends his IBF International title against Argentine Daniel Brizuela, while Darren Hamilton can claim the Lonsdale belt outright if he beats Driffield troll hunter Curtis Woodhouse in their tussle for the British light welterweight strap.

Manchester’s world title challenger John Murray is involved in eight-round action after coming back from a near two year layoff in November last year. Also on the bill are young Hull talents Zak Collins, Joel Haigh and Charlie Payton, along with Manchester’s Hosea Burton and New Malden’s Lerrone Richards. Liverpool super middleweight Tony Dodson, who hopes to secure a Commonwealth title shot against Rocky Fielding on March 15, will be warming up for it over four rounds.

Limited tickets remain on sale priced £30, £40, £60 and £120 for VIPs and are available from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 and at www.matchroomboxing.com

Photo by Trevor price

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