Gavin McDonnell determined to be better than twin brother Jamie

Gavin and Jamie McDonnell
Gavin and Jamie McDonnell

Gavin McDonnell believes he can draw on a unique source of motivation as he plots a rise up the super bantamweight ranks.

The Doncaster fighter says his dedication to hard work is driven by the simple desire to be the best McDonnell twin.

While he has some way to go to match the achievement of current WBA bantamweight title holder Jamie, the 28-year-old is confident he can follow in the footsteps of his world champion brother.

“I want to be better than our kid, I really do,” McDonnell told the Star.

“And I’ll work that bit harder to do it.

“I think that benefits me because it pulls that bit more out of me.

“Other people don’t have that.

“People around me comment on how hard I work and it’s due to that.

“I want to be number one in the family.”

McDonnell can take a major step in following in his brother’s footsteps this weekend when he faces Vusi Malinga for the WBA international title in Hull.

Tough South African Malinga – a three time world title contender – was mandatory challenger for Jamie’s IBF world crown a year ago before he was controversially stripped of the title.

“Twelve months ago he was down to fight our kid for the world title so I’ve not done too bad to say I’m fighting him now,” Gavin said.

“It just shows I’m willing to fight anyone. He’s been in with the best in the world.

“I’ve taken decent, tough fights throughout my career, even though I’ve only had 13 fights.

“I might not have the experience in terms of the number of fights but I’ve got the experience of tough fights.

“I’ve put some real graft into this, more than I have done for any other fight.

“There’ll be no excuses at the end of it. If he beats me, he beats me and I move on from there.”