Euro champ inspires next generation

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DONCASTER trainer Stefy Bull believes that the success of European champion Jamie McDonnell has inspired some of his own fighters to fulfil their potential.

Aside from the European bantamweight champion, Bull has other hungry fighters within his Mexborough stable and four of them are ready to extend their unbeaten records over six two-minute rounds at the Dome next Friday.

Jamie’s twin brother, Gavin, who fights at featherweight, has admitted that he came back to the gym after seeing what Jamie achieved and another example comes in the shape of fellow Hadfield boxer Charlie Thompson.

Thompson, a welterweight, made his professional bow on the same night as Jamie’s second fight, but since that night in 2005 their careers have taken different paths. Thompson drew against Kristian Laight and hasn’t boxed since, while Jamie went up through the rankings and won British, Commonwealth and European titles last year.

Watching Jamie’s rapid rise has made Thompson want to get back in the ring, according to Bull.

He told the Star: “Charlie’s obviously mates with Jamie as they come from the same place and were in the same amateur gym.

“Jamie’s success has motivated him and now he’s a grown man he’s ready for a second coming of sorts. Gavin’s the same; we’re just putting him in with a journeyman because he’s got to learn the trade.”

Thompson will fight tough African Bheki Moyo while Gavin squares up to Pavels Senkovs.

Bull also has Conisborough’s Steven Hale and Swinton’s Tommy Coward on the card. Sheffield’s Jon Ibbotson is top of the bill and he will lock horns with Doncaster’s John Anthony.

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