Gavin McDonnell successfully defended his European Super Bantamweight title against experienced opponent Jeremy Parodi in Sheffield on Saturday.
The Doncaster fighter, who is sponsored by Approved Garages, put in an impressive and hardworking performance to extend his unbeaten record to 16 fights. McDonnell started slowly but improved with each round, eventually outclassing and outpointing the Frenchman with a scorecard that read 117-111, 117-111 and 118-110 in his favour.
McDonnell said: “He's very tough and experienced, but I stuck to my gameplan, which we've been working on for a long 15 weeks.
“This is just the start. I genuinely believe I will be a world champion. I'm going to earn my shot at a world title. When I get there, I'm going to stay there.”
Speaking to Approved Garages in advance of the fight McDonnell insisted that he would “smash him at range” and the plan worked to perfection, McDonnell using his greater reach to damaging effect.
McDonnell has said that he would like two or three more fights at this level before he considers himself a world title contender. We are proud to support a real British boxing hope.