Gavin McDonnell is aiming to box clever at Doncaster Dome

Bright local prospect: Gavin McDonell.                 Picture: trevor price
Bright local prospect: Gavin McDonell. Picture: trevor price
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BACK to back title fights signal that Gavin McDonnell is serious about boxing and he remains proud that he made the decision to get out of the pubs on weekends.

No longer known just as Jamie’s twin brother. Unbeaten Gavin believes he’s going to be just as big a force to be reckoned with at super-bantamweight.

“In 18 month to two years I want to be fighting for these big domestic titles - maybe even sooner if Stefy (Bull) thinks I’m ready,” McDonnell told The Star.

“I’m strong at super-bantam I could probably make bantam like Jamie but I’m just that tiny bit bigger than him and I’ve got work commitments too. It’d help if I could get a few sponsors so I could have longer training camps.

“Rendall Munroe, Carl Frampton, Scott Quigg and Kid Galahad are the top four and I’m in the top 10 now. I think they’ll probably step up before I get the chance to face them but I’ll be ready for the titles they’ll vacate.

“I’m still happy with my progress. Three years ago I used to be spending weekends in the boozer, now I’m headlining at the Dome and that’s something to be proud of.”

After claiming the Central Area super-bantamweight crown in his last fight, the 26-year-old Hatfield fighter will add the British Masters title to his name if he gets by Dudley’s Dean Anderson at the Dome.

“Our Jamie will tease me about these small titles but they’re something to be proud of and going through 10 rounds is a lot of hard work,” McDonnell said. “When you look through our records there are similarities and I’ve got the belief in myself that I can get to the level he’s currently at.

“I wouldn’t dare look past this kid. Bully has put him in front of me because he’s got the faith in me to beat him and to get through 10 rounds.

“I don’t compare myself to Jamie but I think I’ve got just as much potential. Even though I turned pro later I’m still quite young and I’m in no rush to get to the top level.”

Luke Crowcroft has put the shambles of a cancelled debut behind him and has re-focused on getting a debut win.

The precocious teenager was set to make his bow on the last Doncaster Dome bill but his initial brain scan wasn’t clear enough to pass the British Boxing Board of Control’s needs and a second wasn’t submitted in time.

Scawthorpe’s Crowcroft says that everything should be fine this time around as he faces Adam Stretton on Saturday night.

“We have forgotten about it. It’s just one of them things that happens and nobody was to blame,” said the 18-year-old, who will be one of the youngest professionals in the country.

“It’s all set in stone now and I can focus on beating this kid. He’s nearly twice my age (at 35) and from what I’ve seen of him he’s a fit lad but I think if I put him under pressure he’ll crumble.”

Stretton has lost all three of his professional contests.