Gavin McDonnell vs Stuart Hall  – WBC International super-bantamweight title – Gavin retained his crown via a UD12 verdict (117-11 twice, 115-113) – McDonnell had won three times since his failed attempt at capturing the WBC world title against Ray Vargas in February 2017.  He was actually coming off an impressive win against Gamal Yafai to collect the latter’s WBC International crown last March.   The performance he had shown against Yafai came in handy against Hall at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.   For his part, Stuart Hall, a former IBF bantamweight world champion, came into this title bout with the real desire to avenge the defeat suffered to Gavin’s twin brother, Jamie.   But, despite his efforts and courage, he failed, though dignifiedly.

Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena, Tyne & Wear UK live on Sky Sports UK – Saturday 16 June 2018 by Eddie Hearn, Matchroom

Photos of yesterday’s weigh-in

This is when Gavin won the belt:

Saturday 3, March 2018

Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

by Eddie Hearn (Matchroom Boxing)

Gamal Yafai (champion)  Lost by UD12     Gavin McDonnell (GB)

Gavin McDonnell (19-1-2) W PTS 12 Gamal Yafai (14-1)

We knew in advance that it was going to turn out to be a fast-paced close and entertaining contest between two very quick and very clever boxer and that is what happened in Sheffield.   Yafai made a promising start.   McDonnell just seemed to have the edge where jabs were concerned but Yafai was able to score with his hooks.   It was top quality boxing Championship.   McDonnell the busier of the two, but all rounds were pretty close , although McDonnell looked to be getting on top after a good sixth in which he shook Yafai with a right.   The rounds continued to be close, but McDonnell was sharper and able to pick up the points with his jab and a clever use of his uppercuts, too.   He was building a winning lead and again rocked Yafai with a right just before the bell to end the ninth.   By the tenth Yafai looked to be tiring and, when he fell over , he was slow to get up again.   The defending champion fell again in the eleventh as McDonnell pressed hard scoring with hard rights to the head.   Yafai put everything into the last round, but not enough to win the fight.   McDonnell ran out a well deserved winner.   Scores 116-112 twice and 117-111 all for McDonnell who wins the WBC International title.   The classy 31-year-old fighter from Doncaster , a former undefeated European and WBC Silver champion, had lost a majority decision to Rey Vargas for the vacant WBC title and this win is his first major step back towards another title shot.   At 26 Yafai, a former Commonwealth champion, may have lost his WBC International title but has time to come again and he will.      




Former WBC International SuperBantam-weight champions

Sean Davis   Great Britain

Richard Mark Pumicpic    Philippines

A fight between Alie Laurel and Joe Noynay took place on 18 Feb 2016 and ended in a Draw     The title remained vacant

Alexis Boureima Kaboré    Burkina Faso
Kid Galadad (Adbul Barry Awad)     Qatar – Great Britain
Oscar Gonzalez     México
Giovanni CARO     México
Arsen Martirosyan     Armenia
Balweg Bangoyan     Philippines
OTIENO Collins Odour “Sande”     Kenya
Napaphol Kiattisakchocchoi     Thailand
Naseem “Prince” Hamed     Great Britain
Manny Pacquiao     Philippines
Alfred Kotey     Ghana
Sakda Sorpakdee     Thailand
John Davison     Great Britain
Sergio Rafael Liendo     Argentina
Patrick Mullings     Great Britain
Ahmad Fandi     Indonesia
Joe Hiyas     Philippines
Mohamed Nurhuda     Indonesia
Paquito Opeño     Philippines