Gavin McDonnell backed to beat Daniel Roman

Gavin McDonnell
Gavin McDonnell

Former European super bantamweight champion turned TV pundit Spencer Oliver has backed Gavin McDonnell to become WBA champion this weekend.

McDonnell challenges reigning champion Daniel Roman in Chicago on Saturday night in his second opportunity at world honours.

And Oliver is convinced McDonnell can 

“It's a big opportunity for Gavin,” Oliver told the Free Press.

“I know the sort of individual he is and he's going to take this opportunity with both hands.

“I think he's going to be tough to beat out there Gavin.

“He's going to want to emulate what his twin brother has done.

“It's something he;s going after and something he;s going to be giving 100 per cent.

“I think he might pull it off out there on Saturday night. I really do.

“He wants to step into his brother's shoes, to come out of his shadow.

“I think that is going to give him that extra little push and I think that will be enough to get him over the line.

“Dave Coldwell has done an amazing job with Gavin and the whole of the stable he's got at the moment.

“Success breeds success and Gavin is going to want to emulate what his stable mates have achieved.

“I'm expecting a big performance and I think he can do it.

“He's always rising to the occasion.

“This is probably his last chance and that's why I know he's going to give it such a big, big push.

“He's difficult to beat Gavin. He can box on the front foot, the back foot.

“He's got a massive heart and I think in recent times British boxers have shown they are not scared to go abroad and win titles.

“He's going to want to do the same.”

Oliver and Eastenders star Jake Wood are bringing their boxing podcast Pound For Pound to Sheffield for a live show on January 30. Tickets are available now from poundforpoundlive.com.