Coldwell: Sanchez a big challenge for McDonnell

Coldwell Boxing 17/02/2016

Lawrence Lustig

After solidifying his status as one of the super-bantamweight’s rising prospects with a number of solid wins at continental level, Doncaster’s Gavin McDonnell is ready to step up in class once gain as he takes part in an official WBC world title eliminator against dangerous Panamanian, Jorge Sanchez, on the huge Carl Frampton/Scott Quigg blockbuster show on February 27th at the sold out Manchester Arena live on Sky Box Office.

Occupying the WBC champion spot is Mexican banger, Julio Ceja, the man Gavin’s brother, Jamie, beat, to become world ruler for the first time, and the 29 year old is one step away from making it a family double by beating Ceja and becoming world ruler. Sanchez comes with a glowing reputation as a heavy handed fighter with championship aspirations of his own and McDonnell’s trainer, Dave Coldwell is expecting a serious threat at month’s end.

“We’ve had a brief look at him and there’s no doubt he brings power,” said Coldwell ahead of the Sanchez challenge. “His record on paper looks a daunting one so our priority is making sure we’re up to the task and that Gavin goes in there with the best preparation possible and the right tactics to get the job done. He’s moving up in class now and that means he’s got to work harder than he’s ever done before. He’s getting close to where he dreams of being so now he must go out there and deliver what I know he’s capable of.”

Coldwell added, “Every challenge that Gavin has encountered he’s always answered in emphatic style and since I’ve began working with him he’s done everything asked of him. He’s made the natural progression through the sport and he deserves to be one fight away from a world title shot but this is where things get serious and the tests get harder. If he listens and applies himself in training like I know he can then he can get the rewards and big fights.”