BOXING: Sibling rivalry spurs on Gavin

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UNLIKE the all conquering Klitschko brothers, the McDonnells are prepared to fight one another.

Gavin, like his twin Jamie, the British and Commonwealth champion, now has a belt of his own after he beat Halifax’s Scott Gladwin at the Doncaster Dome on Saturday night.

Being the Central Area super-bantamweight champion does give the thus far lesser successful twin some bragging rights as Jamie has never held the title.

On his way to a sixth round stoppage, Gavin did resemble Jamie at times, just not in the eyes of the former European bantamweight champion.

“He made more mistakes than I would and he was nowhere near as slick, so it couldn’t have been me,” laughed Jamie afterwards.

“Gavin was bang on. You’re going to get caught when somebody is walking onto you but you couldn’t have asked for any better really.”

Gavin’s also fiercely competitive and although both are joking about really getting it on, they will go to war in sparring for bragging rights.

Gavin also went on the attack with his tongue firmly in cheek: “We’ll have me versus Jamie at the Donny Dome!

“Seriously, I’ll fight him next week in the gym to see who’s the best brother!

“A lot of people said I couldn’t follow Jamie and this is the first step to proving them all wrong.”

Carl Wild retained his Central Area belt with a win over hometown fighter John Anthony. The light-heavyweight duel failed to ignite. Anthony was rightly labelled a dangerman and his power looked to be getting through in the third but it remained dormant after that, with Wild sneaking the scrappy rounds to take it 96-95.

Micky Davies made an explosive entrance into professional boxing. The towering hometown light-middleweight decked Aaron Fox in the first round with a temple shot and the Wiltshire visitor failed to convince referee Howard Foster that he could continue.

Andy Townend also ended his fight early. The lightweight from Cudworth bludgeoned Ross Payne and forced him to retire in the corner ahead of the third round.

Hatfield’s Connor Nixon made super-flyweight look easy enough, cruising to a points win over Bulgarian Stefan Slavchev. Nixon moves onto 4-0 and given the shallowness of the division could be close to a title fight soon.

There were routine points victories on the undercard for Robbie Barrett, Adam Jones and Charlie Thompson, who all looked sprightly in wins over journeymen but Luke Crowcroft’s debut was delayed as his brain scan wasn’t filed to the British Boxing Board of Control in time.