Following last weekend's world title action, we have updated our professional boxing world champions list. The main movers last weekend were Scotland's Ricky Burns who captured the WBA (Regular) world super-lightweight title by stopping Italian Michelle Di Rocco, and also Liverpool's Tony Bellew - who won the WBC crusierweight title by knocking out Illunga Makabu at Goodison Park in front…
Gavin McDonnell vs Jorge Sanchez Preview and Prediction
Gavin McDonnell can take a huge step towards world glory on Saturday night when he faces unbeaten Panamanian Jorge Sanchez in a bout that doubles up for the vacant WBC Silver title, as well as an official eliminator for the WBC World title.
Although McDonnell will come into the fight a heavy favourite with bookmakers Paddy Power installing the Doncaster man as a 1/12 favourite.
In my opinion the odds do not reflect how close the fight will be, as the Panamanian comes here with a devastating 60% knockout ratio from 15 contests. Even though the opposition has been some what suspect, McDonnell and trainer Dave Coldwell will be wary of the threat posed to them.
McDonnell has been on a rich vein himself as of late beating former Frampton foe Jeremy Parodi in the third of three consecutive unanimous decisions. One of which coming against the man Stuart Hall defeated to claim the IBF Bantamweight strap, as well as claiming the unbeaten record of Russian Yegorov to clinch the European title.
The Doncaster twin is under no illusions that a career best performance is needed to defeat ‘El Bufalo’ and challenge Julio Ceja (the man his twin beat to win his first world title) for the WBC crown judging by his comments in the press this week.
I believe the fight will play out just as Gavin’s last three have, with an assured boxing performance on the outside picking up the points on the way to another unanimous decision and bigger and better things.
Of course there is a chance that the power of the highly touted Sanchez could change proceedings. However question marks exist over how he will react to the huge stage having never fought outside of his native Panama.
This all I believe points towards another Gavin McDonnell unanimous decision victory.