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EBU news: McDonnell vacates; Burns and Smith out; Chisora boost

Phil Jay 21/12/2015

Gavin McDonnell has decided to vacate the European super bantamweight title as the Doncaster man plots a world championship course for 2016.

The twin brother of current world title holder Jamie has left the blue belt behind for compatriot Jazza Dickens to challenge for against the next available contender to be confirmed by the EBU shortly.

At lightweight, former two-weight world champion Ricky Burns is no longer being considered as the mandatory challenger for Edis Tatli as the Scot eyes a possible shot at regaining his old status.

Manager Alex Morrison is weighing up the potential chance to challenge the winner of Terry Flanagan v Derry Mathews, although with old adversary Frank Warren handling both fighters Burns would certainly need to gain mandatory status.

Another Briton who was pencilled in to challenge for the Continental crown was super featherweight Stephen Smith. The Merseyside fighter has now been removed as the number one contender to Juli Giner and replaced by Frenchman Guillume Frenois.

Smith is gearing up to face undefeated IBF champion Jose Pedraza in the early part of 2016 on American soil and has decided to bypass the European title altogether.

Finally at heavyweight, Dereck Chisora can expect to be next in line for Robert Helenius due to the controversy surrounding Erkan Teper and two reported failed drugs tests in his native Germany.

Chisora was behind Teper and Franz Rill in the pecking order until Helenius defeated the latter on Saturday night in Finland.