McDonnell loses challenge to join twin brother as world champion

By Luke Reddy

BBC Sport at Hull Ice Arena

Gavin McDonnell suffered his first defeat as a professional in 19 fights by a majority decision to Rey Vargas

Gavin McDonnell's dream of joining twin brother Jamie as a world champion was shattered as classy Mexican Rey Vargas scored a points decision to land the vacant WBC super-bantamweight title.

The 30-year-old produced a display of immense grit, landing telling blows in the ninth round, but his 26-year-old opponent's confident work throughout saw him gain a 114-114 117-111 116-112 decision.

Victory would have delivered Britain's first simultaneous twin world champions, with Jamie McDonnell already in possession of the WBA bantamweight belt.

But Vargas - unbeaten in 29 bouts - was rewarded for his control of the early exchanges and left the noisy Ice Arena in Hull with his first world title.

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