British super-bantamweight Gavin McDonnell eased to a comfortable points victory over Jorge Sanchez in Manchester on Saturday, setting the Doncaster boxer up for a potential world title shot later this year.
McDonnell won the unanimous points decision after a fight in which tight defence, superior stamina and intelligent use of greater reach made the difference. The judges gave the fight to McDonnell – once again supported by trusted garage network Approved Garages – by margins of 119-108, 118-109 and 118-110.
The victory in an official world title eliminator sets McDonnell up for a potential world title shot later this year, a remarkable achievement for a boxer who had his first professional fight at the end of 2010.
“It's snowballed for me and it just keeps getting better,” the 29-year-old told Sky Sports after the fight. “I fought in the Sheffield Arena a couple of times in front of 9,000 but there was 5 or 6,000 there for the weigh-in yesterday, and now I am in front of this packed arena.”
McDonnell was first support for the hotly anticipated meeting between Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg. Now he is aiming to match twin brother Jamie and land his own world title.