By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star
GAVIN McDONNELL admits he was laughed at when he drunkenly promised to become a champion in 2010.
But after being inspired by brother Jamie’s European title triumph in France seven years ago, Gavin aims to make the McDonnells Britain’s first twins to both be world champions.
Gavin, 30, who is older than WBA bantamweight title-holder Jamie by nine minutes, fights Mexican Rey Vargas for the vacant WBC super-bantamweight title in Hull on Saturday.
And he is desperate to be known for being more than just Jamie’s brother after his sibling’s success in seven world title fights.
McDonnell said: “We were drinking champagne after Jamie won the European title in France and I stood up and said I would win titles like our kid, and everyone just laughed at me.
“But I was serious. When I saw Jamie win the European title, it changed my life. I was shocking when I first put the gloves on after so long. But I worked and worked and worked.
“I didn’t dream of being world champion – it was just an area title or maybe the European or British.
“I only turned pro at 22 as I had a few years off from boxing but I wish I had stuck at it because I would have been world champion earlier.
“I’ve always been known as Jamie’s brother but after I win this fight I will be the No.1. We can be the Klitschko brothers of Doncaster.”
Gavin puts his world title shot down to hard work.
He said: “I’m not the best fighter but what I’ve got is what I’m willing to do to succeed. I will do whatever it takes.”