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Exclusive: Gavin McDonnell plays waiting game, trainer Dave Coldwell eyes Hugo Ruiz push

Matt Horan 19/07/2016

Lawrence Lustig

After making momentous strides through the super bantamweight division, the last three or so months have been a bit of a slow-burner for Doncaster’s Gavin McDonnell who still awaits a date for his next outing.

Having been a British champion in 2014 and then winning and successfully defending the European title in 2015, it seemed only a matter of time before a world title would come calling for the unbeaten fighter.

Then when McDonnell (15-0-2, 4 KO) outpointed Jorge Sanchez to win the WBC Silver title back in February on the undercard of the super-bantamweight unification blockbuster between Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg, it all seemed set up for him to make his mark on the world scene.

However, boxing is never quite that simple and four months on, McDonnell and trainer Dave Coldwell are still biding their time and waiting for news of an opponent or date.

“It’s been quite a frustrating time for Gavin as nothing is really happening for him at the moment and we just aren’t getting the date,” Coldwell exclusively told World Boxing News.

“He’s been in the gym since his last fight, working to improve where he can but it is difficult when you haven’t got that date to look towards. We’re just playing the waiting game now to see what happens – it’s all about being patient.

“Gavin is ranked number two with the WBC so he’s close to a shot. Hugo Ruiz is the champion so if we can get ourselves in a position to face him then that would be brilliant.”

For McDonnell, being part of such a busy and thriving promotional stable such as Matchroom Boxing can sometimes have its negatives as well as positives, with so many fighters desperate to fight.

“He needs a fight, plain and simple. When you’re in a successful stable like Matchroom you sometimes just have to wait and if you’re not a big marquee name, when that opportunity comes, you really have to grab it with both hands,” Coldwell added.

“Gavin has been on a few Kell Brook shows in the past (albeit Brook having to pull out of one) so maybe that could be an option again. Regardless, once all the dates are sorted with Matchroom, I’m sure we will finally have a bit of good news.”

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