Coming off a home turf victory over Dean Evans which took his pro record to 12 wins from 16 fights, Nottinghamshire boxer Nathan ‘Captain’ Kirk is ready to move things up to the next level when he walks out against one of Britain‘s best at the beginning of October.
He will go head to head with Gavin McDonnell in an eight-round Lightweight contest on the card at the Doncaster Dome on Friday 4 October in NEXT LEVEL, an evening of professional boxing presented by Stefy Bull Promotions.
“This is a major step up for me,” said Nathan, who trains at Nottingham’s DCT Boxing Academy. “Anyone who knows anything about Gavin will be aware of his record of 21 wins, five by KO, from 25 bouts. Boxing at Super Bantamweight, he’s held the area, British and European titles, the WBO Inter-Continental and WBC International titles and the WBC Silver, not to mention challenging for the WBA World title in Chicago last year.
“So he’s an opponent to be reckoned with but this one is being matched at Lightweight so I feel I have a real opportunity to cause an upset in October.”
“Nathan was originally scheduled to box on my own show at the Harvey Hadden Stadium on Saturday 12 October, when we were hoping for a Midlands title fight,” said his manager Scott Calow.
“With Jack O’Keeffe and Shaun Cooper now competing for the vacant title and the English title tied up too, we started looking at bringing a good level international opponent over for the Nottingham show.
“But with all those titles to his name, Gavin has had a great career and when the Doncaster match up was first mentioned we immediately recognised the potential it offered for Nathan to jump up the rankings.
“And although the Midlands title bout is off the agenda for the moment, hopefully he will have the chance to go up against the winner of the O’Keeffe/Cooper contest before the year is out.”
Making the announcement on social media this week, promoter Stefy Bull commented: “Given Nathan’s record and the fact that he’s naturally a few weights above Gavin, this is a big risk when he’s sat mandatory for the European Featherweight title.
“But he asked me to get him a fight that will get his juices flowing and, with Nathan seeing this as a career changing opportunity, this one is a must-win for Gavin.”
Doors for NEXT LEVEL open at 5pm. with the first bell at 6pm, and tickets are on sale now, priced £70 for VIP ringside tables with waitress service and £40 for standard tiered seating. For more details, call 07979 153870.
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