23 December 2009 – By Mark Doyle
Peter McDonagh has been granted a shot at one of Britains most promising young fighters, former amateur world champion Frankie Gavin.
The pair will collide on the undercard of Sam Sextons Commonwealth title defence against Danny Williams at the Wembley Arena on February 13.
McDonaghs last outing was a points defeat by Lee Purdy in May but Gavin, who boasts Irish ancestry, believes that the Bermondsey-based Galwegian represents the toughest challenge of his professional career to date.
“My parents are from Ireland and I go back frequently so it’s going to be a hard one beating up on him,” said Gavin, who is 5-0 in the paid ranks.
“But I’m sure McDonagh won’t be feeling the same and it will be on his mind to stop me and make a name for himself.
“McDonagh is experienced, he’s beating Michael Gomez and has won and challenged for plenty of domestic titles so it’s a great test for me at this stage of my career.
“But I stopped all my opponents in 2009 so I aim to continue in the same manner throughout 2010 and become an exciting attraction like Ricky Hatton and Naseem Hamed.”