FOLLOWING his victory over Vusi Malinga in Hull on Saturday, the new WBO Inter-Continental super-bantamweight champion Gavin McDonnell says it is now onwards and upwards in his career.
McDonnell vacated the British title to pursue a world ranking, and picked Malinga himself as the opponent. His decision was proven to be correct, after he won a unanimous decision and next up for the Doncaster man is Zhanat Zhakiyanov for the European title next year.
McDonnell said: “I’m really pleased with the Malinga fight, because I stuck to the gameplan and got the win. I’ve got the world ranking now and I’m mandatory to the European title after that win.