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Gavin hoping to emulate twin Jamie's european glory

Doncaster's Gavin McDonnell takes on the unbeaten Ukrainian Alexander Egorov for the vacant European Super Bantamweight title at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield this Saturday.

It was exactly five years ago when his identical twin brother Jamie won his european title that Gavin decided he too could become a champion.

John Shires has been talking to him, and we must warn you that his report contains flash photography:


Emotional win keeps Campbell's unbeaten run

Luke Campbell scored an emotional third-round knockout in his home city of Hull on Saturday as he beat Levis Morales.

Luke Campbell Credit: Press Association

Olympic champion Campbell initially pulled out of the fight because of the ill health of his father, but with the blessing of his family he made a late decision to return to the bill.

The 27-year-old lightweight maintained his perfect professional record, extending it to 11 wins, putting his Nicaraguan opponent down at the end of the second and then again at the start of the third.

That was enough for referee Howard Foster, whose decision to call the fight off came at the same time a white towel appeared from Morales' corner.

I've turned the negatives into positives, and I was excited to be here tonight, making my family proud.

It was a family decision to fight, to give everyone something to look forward to. There's nothing better for me than boxing in Hull, the love I get is priceless.

It was very difficult. I pulled out of the show for quite a while. I never intended to box on this show.

My dad will be watching at home as proud as punch. I love you dad, keep fighting.

– Luke Campbell


Luke Campbell in fight u-turn

Hull's Olympic champion Luke Campbell steps into the ring tonight in his home city after making an unlikely u-turn.

Champion Luke Campbell

Campbell, who won Gold at London 2012, had pulled out of the event at Hull's Ice Arena to spend more time with his father Bernard who is battling cancer.

But after consultation with his family he is back on the bill and will fight Nicaraguan Levis Morales. Meanwhile, headlining the card will be fellow Hull boxer Tommy Coyle, who takes on former British champion Martin Gethin.

Hull's boxing heroes on show at the Ice Arena

There is a big night of boxing in store in Hull on Saturday as local heroes Luke Campbell and Tommy Coyle both return to action in their home town.

Olympic champion Campbell had pulled out of the bill at Hull's Ice Arena after his father's health deteriorated, but after talking it over with his family he decided to fight and today weighed in at Princes Quay shopping centre.

Chris Dawkes reports.

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