Gavin McDonnell praises trainer, eyes spot on Quigg v Frampton bill

Matt Horan 29/10/2015

Doncaster’s Gavin McDonnell (14-0-2, 4KO) would love to potentially fight on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s unification contest with Scott Quigg, but concedes that he still has work to do before fighting either of the pair.

The undefeated 29 year-old, signed to Matchroom Boxing, recently defended his European title with a comfortable points decision over France’s Jeremy Parodi and is now planning on returning to the ring in early 2016.

He said: “The victory over Parodi was probably my best win to date, he’s a quality European fighter that’s had 40 fights, so it was a great win. I’m in no rush at the minute and I know I have at least three or four good years left in me.

“My trainer Dave Coldwell deserves a lot of credit for the work he’s done with me and my brother Jamie. Was a risk for him to take us both on as undefeated fighters, but I’m glad we’ve both performed for him and got career best wins. Coldwell and my nutritionist David Stache both put in loads of work for my last fight, so I want them to get the credit they deserve.

“For my next fight, I’m looking to get out again in January or maybe February of 2016 – it definitely won’t be before Christmas. I’ve only had 16 fights and I’m European champion, so I don’t want to rush my career and I want to be ready for when those big fights come.

That return could coincide with the potential match up between Quigg and Frampton – which may be scheduled for late February – and McDonnell, a former British champion, sees an undercard slot as a great opportunity to grow his name in the 122lb division.

“It looks like the fight might be announced for February and it would be great to get on the undercard. Hopefully, Matchroom can stick me on and it might get a bit of interest going for a future fight. I’m not a million miles away, so if I can come in with another improved performance, people won’t see me as too far off,” he said.

“I‘ve got my goals and I’m always looking for progression. Obviously, I’m not calling Quigg and Frampton out at the moment, but after a few more learning fights and climbing the rankings, I will then be ready for my shot.

“It should make for a great fight between the two of them and they both have good power. I always change my mind as to who I think will win. I used to think Frampton, but now – after their last performances – Quigg might be in a better position,” he said.

Matt Horan is a staff writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @mhoran123