Approved Garages-sponsored fighter Gavin McDonnell will defend his European Super Bantamweight title against Jeremy Parodi at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on September 5.
The fight is McDonnell’s first defence of the title he won in a classy display against Oleksandr Yegerov in Sheffield last March, and marks a further step on the Doncaster boxer’s path towards a world title shot.
First McDonnell has to get past the well-respected Parodi, a Frenchman who has held the IBF International belt and gets a second crack at the European title after defeat by Carl Frampton in a title decider two years ago.
McDonnell goes into the fight fit and confident after a wide points decision in his favour against Yegerov, but believes that the support of sponsors like Approved Garages is key to his continued progress as a fighter. The Leeds date, with up to 11,000 fight fans in the arena and hundreds of thousands more watching live on Sky Sports, will be McDonnell’s biggest show to date.
“I love what I’m doing and I’m living the dream, but it’s thanks to Approved Garages and my other sponsors that I can focus all my energy on boxing and be the best that I can,” says McDonnell. “If it wasn’t for you guys I’d have to work all day, and it’s hard to go to the gym and put everything into a session after a hard day at work. I’m really grateful for the support and I’m feeling confident so hopefully I can get another victory.”
Approved Garages network manager Phil Seymour thinks the trusted independent garage network has backed one of Britain’s brightest young boxing hopes. “We’re proud to be supporting Gavin and helping to give him the chance to fulfil his potential, because there’s no doubt after his European title win in March that he’s one of the best prospects in British boxing at the moment. We think he can win a world title in future and we’re delighted to be able to help him achieve that.”
The sponsorship continues a successful year of sports promotion for the national network, which has also seen the Approved Garages name shared across national, local and social media in partnership with the Betway Premier League darts.