More to come from Gavin McDonnell, says Dave Coldwell

Ringside 11/10/2017

Mark Robinson

It was routine work for Doncaster’s Gavin McDonnell as he disposed of Joszef Ajtai in the opening round last weekend on the Manchester undercard that was headlined by Anthony Crolla’s points win over Ricky Burns.

Saturday was McDonnell’s second win since missing out on the WBC super bantamweight title in February against Rey Vargas and now Dave Coldwell, McDonnell’s trainer, wants one more test which will prepare his charge for another crack at the highest level.

“I was happy with the win and I was happy with the performance too,” buzzed Coldwell. “It wasn’t just a case of him going out there and blowing him away as he took him out with things we’d been working on in the gym.

There was a lot of purpose to his work and these are the fights where you have the chance to see what works and what doesn’t. Gavin is desperate for another big fight and I hope he gets the opportunity because he done a lot of really good things against Vargas but sometimes that’s not enough when you’re up against the very best.

He’s desperate to show that he belongs there on a regular basis but I’d love one more fight at perhaps the level below just so that he’s a million percent ready for what the best have to throw at him.”

Coldwell added, “He’s far too good to be fighting at this level and that’s not intended to disrespect anyone but he’s made great improvements over the last few years and he’s become a very competent fighter.

No one gave him the slightest chance against Vargas and although he lost, he came on great in second half and showed a lot of qualities that can only help him if another shot was to come around.

He’s learning every single time he comes in my gym and I honestly believe there’s so much more to come from him. Hopefully Eddie Hearn can deliver him another big fight.”