Gavin McDonnell has forever been in the shadow of his brother.
But the Doncaster super-bantamweight, brother of WBA ‘regular’ bantamweight king Jamie, now gets his opportunity to step out and make history.
McDonnell, 30, is older than his world champion brother by just nine minutes, but he faces Rey Vargas, a hard-punching Mexican, for the world title in his home county of Yorkshire.
And the undefeated man (16-0-2, 4 KOs) aims to make history with a victory.
Should he win ‘Big Twinny’ Gav, who admits that he was laughed at back in 2010 when he told his circle of friends –– while drunk in France after watching Jamie win a European title –– that he would become a champion, will ensure that the ‘Mac’ duo become the first British twins each to hold world titles.
So as McDonnell aims to cement his place as one of the best in the division against 26-year-old undefeated Vargas (28-0, 22 KOs), Instant Boxing has an all-you-need-to-know guide on the big fight.
What is it?
It’s the vacant WBC super-bantamweight world title fight between Gavin McDonnell and Rey Vargas.
When is it?
It’s this weekend –– Saturday, February 25.
Where is it?
The fight is taking place at the Ice Arena in Hull.
What time does it start?
As with all boxing nights, it largely depends on how quickly the undercard fights progress. It should be around 10:30pm GMT.
What TV channel is it on?
Sky Sports 2 will be broadcasting the fight night from 8:05pm GMT.
When is the weigh-in?
The weigh-in took place on Friday, with both fighters making weight reasonably well.
McDonnell tipped the scales at 8st 8lbs and 8oz, while visitor Vargas was eight ounces lighter at 120 pounds.
What are the fighters’ records?
- Fights – 18
- Won – 16
- KOs – 4
- Lost – 0
- Draws – 2
- Fights – 28
- Won – 28
- KOs – 22
- Lost – 0
- Draws – 0
Which other fights are on the card?
Luke Campbell vs. Jairo Lopez: 12 rounds at lightweight for the former’s WBC Silver title
Tommy Coyle vs. Rakeem Noble: 10 rounds at super-lightweight
Ryan Burnett vs. Joseafat Reyes: eight rounds at bantamweight
Jacob Wooley vs. Jordan Ellison: six rounds at super-featherweight
Dec Spelman vs. Nathan King: six rounds at light-heavyweight
David Allen vs. Lukasz Rusiewicz: six rounds at heavyweight
Connor Seymour vs. William Warburton: six rounds at super-welterweight
Carl Chadwick vs. Jay Carney: four rounds at lightweight