After watching his charge, Gavin McDonnell, fall short at the weekend and have his dreams cut momentarily, Dave Coldwell, with days to reflect, looks back at the experience with glowing pride with the realisation of what the Doncaster man has achieved in such a brief space of time.
With an array of titles accomplished, McDonnell made the natural transition to world level but the final obstacle came in the shape of classy Mexican, Rey Vargas. Despite the points setback, Coldwell is insistent the fight will serve McDonnell moving forward and predicts a quality future for his brave fighter.
“I’m not going to lie but I was heartbroken for Gavin in the immediate aftermath but after watching the fight back and speaking with him then it’s hit me about how far he has come,” said Coldwell.
“This was a kid who was wrote off at English title level and was told he wouldn’t go much further but the journey since then has been one where he has kept proving people wrong and it’s took him to a position that only a handful of people expected. There were some positives to take from Saturday night but ultimately he was in there with someone who was always that little bit ahead. I feared that Vargas might be a special fighter and he proved he was by the way he performed. Vargas will go on to have a fantastic career but so will Gavin and I’m absolutely convinced about that.”
Coldwell added, “I can remember the first time I worked with Gavin in the gym and the improvements he’s made are absolutely unreal. He’s had a first class taster of what it’s like at the top and as long as he takes on board the positives from the defeat then he’ll get back to that position in no time. Everyone knows I’m big on my fighters having hard, tough fights whether I’m promoting, training or managing because fighters learn so much more in fights like this. I’m honest with my fighters and this isn’t something I’m saying to boost his ego because if I didn’t think he was ready for this level then I’d tell him.
“We’ll all sit down and work out the next step for him and hopefully get him up back up there again.”