Gavin McDonnell is set to square off against Rey Vargas for the vacant WBC World Super-Bantamweight title at the Hull Ice Arena on February 25th.
If McDonnell can secure victory on the night, he would join his twin brother, WBA Bantamweight champion, Jamie,
as the first Brits to achieve such an achievement.
However, to become the world champion, McDonnell faces a formidable opponent in Vargas.
“I have to pinch myself that it’s finally here,” said McDonnell. “All the hard work I’ve put in over the years, it feels like it’s meant to be this moment.
“I have seen my brother become World champion, I have seen my gym-mate Tony Bellew become World champion and I believe now I’m ready and to be let off the leash. I’m ready to become world champion. Two twin brothers on the scene, both World champions standing side by side – the Klitschko brothers of Doncaster!
“We were in the same boat me and my brother, fighting an unbeaten Mexican banger. Having home advantage is key and I’ve wanted that.
“I like being written off, I love proving people wrong and this will be no different. I really want to make a name for myself, I’ve always felt like I’ve been in my brother’s shadow but I’m 18 fights unbeaten and I’m on the verge of a World title fight.
“Vargas’ record says that he’s big puncher but we won’t know how good he is until we get in there. How much does he want it? Not more than me. He will have to knock me out cold to win it as he can’t beat me.”
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