STEFY Bull has taken a gloves on approach to prepare Gavin McDonnell for his next fight.
The Mexborough-based trainer and former fighter has had to dust off his old gloves and headguard to ready Gavin, Jamie’s twin brother, for his upcoming fight.
Unbeaten Gavin, aged 25, will fight Glaswegian Ryan McNicol at the Doncaster Dome on Saturday November 4. With McNicol being a southpaw, Gavin has had to get used to opponents coming in at different angles, so Bull, a former lightweight southpaw who once fought Amir Khan has had to take a few beatings.
He told The Star: “The last time I did a bit with Gav I was going home with black eyes, busted noses and chipped teeth!
“It’s never once crossed my mind to fight again. I get all my enjoyment out of training these lads and I sometimes have to do a bit of helping out sometimes.
“We do have a southpaw in Connor, but he’s totally different to everyone else so it wouldn’t be much use in using him, so I’m going to be in the firing line.”
There’s added pressure on Gavin considering his brother’s achievements, but he’s performed well in his three bouts so far and is enjoying life as a pro.
“It’s all about building up the experience for me at this stage,” said Gavin
“Jamie is the reason I got back into boxing because I saw how well he was doing and I thought I’d best get back in and give it another crack before it was too late. I’m really enjoying it at the minute. The gym’s buzzing and I’m in here six days a week and competing against Jamie.”
Bull is happy with the way Gavin is developing and plans on getting him in an area title shot against Wayne Bloy, an opponent Jamie beat in 2006 and 2007.
“The way he’s coming along I wouldn’t be afraid of putting him in a title fight next year.”