McDonnell To Defend European Strap In Hull

By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)

Gavin McDonnell will fight again in the summer.

The Doncaster super bantamweight, 29, will defend his European title, live on Sky Sports.

McDonnell, who is undefeated in 15 fights (13-0-2, 4KOs), will face Jeremy Parodi on the undercard of the world title eliminator clash between Luke Campbell and Tommy Coyle at the KC Lightstream Stadium in Hull on August 1.

The younger of the two pugilistic siblings, Gavin –– whose older brother Jamie holds the WBA title down at bantamweight –– will face the Frenchman in his first defence of the belt he won in Sheffield in March.

Parodi, a year younger than McDonnell at 28, is a former opponent of now-IBF champion Carl Frampton and has only boxed twice since losing inside six rounds to the Ulsterman in 2013, winning on points over eight rounds on both occasions.

Elsewhere on the bill, Brian Rose will rematch Carson Jones after he was stopped by the Oklahoma native inside a round in February and Ricky Burns will return as he looks to get back to winning ways following being on the wrong end of a unanimous decision against former WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa Jr. in Texas.

Meanwhile, Martin J Ward will defend his WBC International super featherweight title against an opponent to be named.

Tickets for the event are on sale now, priced at £25 (standing), £40 (tiered), £60 (floor) and £100 (floor), available at

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