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Hull Fight Report
Thomas Feaheny, Boxing Correspondent
photo by Peter Miller
Yorkshire's Gavin McDonnell put in a gutsy challenge but could not become a world champion after he was defeated via a points decision by Mexican Rey Vargas.

This was always going to be a tough fight for the Doncaster boxer and with the vacant WBC super-bantamweight title up for grabs, he gave his all but in the end, Vargas gained a deserved victory as he simply won more rounds with quick hand reactions and a confident start.

The final score of 114-114 117-111 116-112 was only fair.

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McDonnell's big opportunity to win via knock out appeared during the 10th round as a big right jab made full contact, but that shot didn't even seem to affect the Mexican who had a record of being unbeaten in 29 bouts before this victory.

While Gavin wanted to make British history and become the first simultaneous twin world champions, with his brother Jamie McDonnell already in possession of the WBA bantamweight belt, it was Vargas who made a good start and by the fifth round had already built a lead which led to his confidence increasing further.

At the final bell it was clear who had won with Vargas celebrating in his corner while McDonnell looked like a challenger who knew it was not his day.

After the loss McDonnell spoke to the media and said:
"I had him winning by a couple of rounds, probably three rounds in my opinion. Everyone is in with a puncher's chance - if I can improve my speed and power I will land and I can beat that kid, if we do have a rematch, I know how to beat him in the future, I gave it everything and I hope everyone enjoyed it.

"I feel like I let everyone down. I just fell short at the end. I felt all right in there, I was a bit too eager and I couldn't get close enough. I will come again - I have only had 18 fights and I want to show I belong at this level."

In other fights that happened earlier in the evening

Luke Campbell gained his fourth win in a row by beating Jairo Lopez, the Olympic champion made short work of this one, knocked his opponent down in the very first round then after a left uppercut in the second his Mexican opponent could not get back up, Campbell hopes to be fighting the WBC champion Mikey Garcia in the near future.

Tommy Coyle - beaten by Campbell in 2015 - beat Rakeem Noble after a third-round stoppage and Doncaster's David Allen needed just 31 seconds to beat Polish opponent Lukasz Rusiewicz after hitting him with three bit hits.
Hull Fight Report, 26th February 2017, 18:24 PM