Gavin McDonnell to fight for European title on Kell Brook bill

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Gavin McDonnell’s shot at the European super bantamweight title will take place on the huge Sheffield bill marking the return of world champion Kell Brook.

Doncaster fighter McDonnell will face mandatory challenger Oleksander Yehorov for the strap vacated by Sheffield’s Kid Galahad on March 28 at the Motorpoint Arena, on the same card of Brook’s first defence of his IBF welterweight crown.

The 28-year-old’s bout is expected to be officially announced today at a midday press conference in Sheffield when Brook’s opponent will also be revealed.

McDonnell – twin brother of WBA bantamweight champion Jamie – is the current WBO intercontinental champion and a former undefeated British champion.

Brook appears likely to make his first defence against the IBF’s number one rated contender Jo Jo Dan.

Romanian fighter Dan has lost two of his 36 bouts, both of which came in challenges for the WBC Silver welterweight title.

Also tipped to be on the March 28 bill is Sheffield’s unbeaten middleweight Adam Etches.

Doncaster middleweight Luke Crowcroft has been named as a reserve for the next Prizefighter tournament.

The 20-year-old will be poised to compete in the eight man tournament should an injury occur to any of the first choice participants.

Crowcroft, from Scawthorpe, is also preparing to fight Doncaster rival Jason Ball for the vacant Central Area title at the Dome in the town on February 28.

Fellow Doncaster fighter Jason Cunningham has been named mandatory challenger for the English super flyweight title.

Cunningham will face champion Anthony Nelson with purse bids for the fight due by February 11 and the bout to take place before the end of May.

In preparation, Woodlands’ former ABA champion Cunningham will face Hungarian Csaba Kovacs on the February Dome show.