Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Gavin gets McDonagh in February Fight

Birmingham's Frankie Gavin has a tough assignment for his first fight of 2010 when he takes on Irishman Peter McDonagh. Gavin, 24, features on Frank Warren's huge show at Wembley Arena on Saturday 13th February alongside fellow Olympians James DeGale and Billy Joe Saunders. Britain's first ever World Amateur Champion ended his first year as professional unbeaten in five fights with a sixth round stoppage of Samir Tergaoui in Newcastle, and looks to get his first title opportunity next year. McDonagh, originally from Galway but now based in Bermondsey, is a former Southern Area and Irish Lightweight Champion, and has won the Southern Area Light-Welterweight title. One of his more famous victories was over Manchester madman Michael Gomez and he said at the time that he was seeing the famous paranormalist Uri Geller to help with preparations. But Gavin is feeling bad about having to knock-out McDonagh because of his own Irish ancestry. "My parents are from Ireland and I go back frequently so it's going to be a hard one beating up on him," said Gavin. "But I'm sure McDonagh won't be feeling the same and it will be on his mind to stop me and make a name for himself," "McDonagh is experienced, he's beating Michael Gomez and has won and challenged for plenty of domestic titles so it's a great test for me at this stage of my career," He added, "I stopped all my opponents in 2009 so I aim to continue in the same manner throughout 2010 and become an exciting attraction like Ricky Hatton and Naseem Hamed," Main event features the explosive heavyweight showdown between British heavyweight champion Danny Williams and Commonwealth champion Sam Sexton; Kevin Mitchell's WBO Intercontinental Lightweight title defence; Kell Brook's British Welterweight title defence; Derek Chisora versus Matt Skelton for the Vacant English Heavyweight Championship; The Olympians James DeGale, Frankie Gavin and Billy Joe Saunders; plus Vinny Mitchell, Liam, Michael and Ryan Walsh.

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