Doncaster boxer Gavin McDonnell ‘within three fights of world title tilt’

Gavin McDonnell piles the pressure on Jeremy Parodi. Picture: Lawrence Lustig
Gavin McDonnell piles the pressure on Jeremy Parodi. Picture: Lawrence Lustig
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Gavin McDonnell is confident he will be ready to challenge for a world title within his next three fights after a convincing performance to retain his European crown.

McDonnell comfortably out-pointed tough Frenchman Jeremy Parodi in the first defence of his European title at Sheffield Arena on Saturday.

It was the first bout under new trainer Dave Coldwell for the Dunscroft fighter and he is convinced the improvements he has made will prepare him for the world stage.

“I could feel everything we’d worked on - head movement, foot movement, making him miss, speed,” McDonnell said. “Everything went to plan.

“I was surprised with how easy everything came. It was natural, not forced.

“That’s after 15 weeks with Coldwell. We’ve only just started.

“I genuinely believe over time I’m going to improve as a fighter.

“It’s 16 fights, I’m not doing too bad. I’m a work in progress.

“We’ve only been together a few months with Coldwell but I could feel it massively in there.

“Dave Stache, the nutrionist, played a massive past in that because I felt so strong all the way through camp and through fight week. It all showed.

“We’ve got a good team now behind me.

“If I can improve on that in a couple more fights, I’ll be ready for a world title fight.”