Dave Coldwell was a figure of delight at the weekend, and the wide smile that adorned his face following Gavin McDonnell’s masterful win over unbeaten star, Gamal Yafai, is still yet to fade in the days following. The Doncaster man emphatically upset the odds with a performance that looked like his career was on the line as he showed a huge variety to place himself back into contention for more lucrative showdowns. Coldwell, who can’t hide his pride for his super-bantamweight charge, reflects on the performance.
“He was outstanding wasn’t he?” Asks the buzzing Sheffield trainer. “You go into every single fight with a game plan but it’s very rare that the fight goes exactly how you envisioned beforehand because Gavin was doing everything we had worked on prior in the gym. Honestly, that 10th round was like seeing all his hard work from the last few years come together because every movement, every punch, every single step of the feet was stuff he had worked so hard on. To have a fighter take on board everything you have told him right down to the most minor of details is really fulfilling for a coach. I’m so proud of Gavin and how far he’s come in the last few years ”
With the threat of Yafai emphatically deterred, McDonnell is ready to begin another ascent towards the top of the division. His loss to Rey Vargas in 2017 has been his only flirt with the highest class thus far, but after confirming that he’s way ahead of domestic belt class, McDonnell has his focus firmly set on the leading names in his weight class. Coldwell believes his charge is far more prepared this time around.
“He showed against Yafai that he’s too good for that type of level. Yafai is an outstanding fighter and I’m confident he’ll learn so much from that and one day get to the level where I believe Gavin is at, but there’s no point Gavin staying at that level as he’s already showed he’s way above it. He took the fight to prove a point, and that’s exactly what he done. He had a couple of six rounders after the Vargas fight, and he was desperate to be back in the spotlight and the Yafai fight allowed him that. He’s now proven to everybody that he deserves another crack at the world champions so hopefully his team can get him another shot really soon.”