Paul Economides – Title Eliminator


Chester super-bantamweight Paul Economides is all set for the biggest fight of his career so far when he faces off against Doncaster stylist Gavin McDonnell at the Doncaster Dome on April 19th. The fight, which takes place over ten rounds ,will double as a British title eliminator.

With Scott Quigg vacating the belt to contest his WBA interim world title fight against Rendall Munroe, it seems highly likely that the winner will get a direct shot at the vacant belt. This has to be considered a huge turnaround in fortunes for both fighters.

This time last year, after becoming a two weight British Masters champion, Economides was being touted for a clash with Scott Quigg as a voluntary defence for the Bury born champion. That never came off, and instead he took on Dai Davies at featherweight for the vacant Welsh title. Ten rounds later, Davies had shattered his winning run with a points victory, and many questioned how far Economides would ever really go in the sport.

Ever resilient, Paul rebounded with a win against tricky Youssef Al-Hamidi in October. That victory cemented his place in the top ten of the domestic super-bantamweight rankings, and eventually gave him this chance.

Gavin McD
onnell is an altogether different Story.

Twin brother of world class bantamweight Jamie McDonnell, Gavin never seemed destined for stardom. Lacking the motivation of his sibling,it seemed as though he wouldn’t achieve that much.

However, watching his Brother tear up the domestic and European scene lit a fire under Gavin. Over the last few months he has won the Central Area and British Masters belts, with stoppage wins over Scott Gladwin and Dean Anderson respectively, and earning rave reviews in the process. Yet a defeat against Economides will leave many questioning if he is anything more than Jamie’s less talented brother.

No-one actually knows how good McDonnell is, but a fight against someone with as big an engine as Paul Economides will undoubtedly go a long way to finding out.

For Economides, this could be his last chance at getting near a British title, so the stakes are very high for him also. Many a good word has been spoken about Paul, yet he is still waiting to break through and become one of the domestic elite.

Both fighters have so much to gain, yet so much to lose. These factors could lead to it being a domestic classic which will be spoken about for years to come.


The bill sees eight fights in total, including four title match-ups. Tables of ten for this dinner show are £60 a head, whilst normal tickets cost £35 each. Tickets can be obtained directly from Paul Economides on 07789256640

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