On February 25th at the Hull Ice Arena Gavin McDonnell will face undefeated Rey Vargas for the vacant WBC Super-bantamweight Title live on Sky Sports. Gavin is the twin brother of Jamie Mcdonnell, the WBA Champion who recently fought Liborio Solis in Monaco.
McDonnell will enter the fight with a record of 16-0-2 (4ko’s) whilst the Mexican Rey Vargas will hold an impressive 28-0-0 (22ko’s). McDonnell is the older man by 4 years coming in at aged 30 but Vargas seems to have the more tried and tested resume.
Mcdonnell has stated his desire to become the world champion so he and his brother Jamie can be known as the ‘Klitschko brothers of Hull’. The title was previously held by Japanese veteran Hozumi Hasegawa but was vacated when he retired at the back end of last year.
On the undercard is another fighter from Hull, former Olympic champion and highly regarded prospect Luke Campbell. Campbell’s career has not gone exactly to plan as he was halted unexpectedly in 2015 by Yvan Mendy and since then his career rebuild hasn’t been as exciting as we had all hoped.
Campbell boasts a record of 15-1 (12ko’s) and will defend his WBC Silver Lightweight Title against Mexican Jairo Lopez. This is quite disappointing considering his impressive performance in his last fight, blowing out Derry Mathews in the first half of the fight.
Campbell was also rumored to have been offered a chance at WBO Lightweight Champion and undefeated Mancunian Terry Flanagan but appeared to turn it down according to Terry’s promoter Frank Warren.
Also on the card we have a former foe of Luke Campell and extremely entertaining fighter Tommy Coyle 22-4 (10ko’s) and he will be taking on 24 year old Super Lightweight Kofi Yates 14-2 (1ko).
Coyle was last in action loosing by decision against current British champion Tyrone Nurse in what turned out to be an extremely fun fight, making Nurse dig deep from the trenches to come back from being knocked down to win a fight he probably took too lightly.
It seems like Coyle has been on the scene for ages since starting his professional career in 2009 but he is still only 27 years old and he keeps coming back giving us entertainment time and time again.
One of the fan favourite fighters will be returning with Doncaster Heavyweight Dave Allen making his return from a very short break off since being stopped for the first time in his career against one of the best fighters on the planet Luis Ortiz.
Allen has a record of 9-2-1 (6ko’s) but is still only aged 24 and has been making noise ever since his involvement with Matchroom. His opponent is still yet to be announced but I’m sure news will follow soon.
Overall not a great card really, the main event will be a display of very precise and articulate boxing and seemingly one for the hardcores, but the rest will be people getting blown over by the home stable fighters.