Gavin McDonnell, who has won the British and European titles at 122 pounds, will look to take one final step toward a world title shot on February 27, when he faces Jorge Sanchez in a fight for the WBC "silver" belt, serving as an eliminator for a future world title shot. The fight will be part of the big Frampton-Quigg bill at Manchester Arena.
"I feel that I have come on leaps and bounds in the last year or so. I've gone under the radar a bit so landing this crucial fight on such a massive event like Frampton vs Quigg is going to make people stand up and take notice of me, and I'm going to put in a performance that fans will remember."
McDonnell (14-0-2, 4 KO) is the twin brother of Jamie McDonnell, who holds the WBA "world" title at 118 pounds, and is himself in line for a fight with their "super world" titleholder, Juan Carlos Payano. Sanchez (15-0, 9 KO) is a 25-year-old fighter from Panama who has faced only club level opposition to date.
Gavin McDonnell last fought in October, defending the European title against Jeremy Parodi via 12-round unanimous decision. McDonnell won the vacant European belt in March of last year, beating Oleksandr Yegorov.