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"It's like an away fight but it's all experience like being in front of the television cameras. You've got to get used to these big events. This is what I want to do and I'm learning all the time, the same as I am in the fight.
"I want to out do him. There aren't many twin brothers who want to follow the path that the other has taken, but I want to get there and this is my first chance to do so.
"I love what he's achieved and that's what drives me. He's always been an underdog, all his major title fights he's always been the underdog and I've been there and seen him do it.
"I don't expect to stop everybody, I go in prepared for a 12 round fight every time. He thinks he's a big puncher, I don't know where he gets his confidence from, but at the end of the day I can't see him knocking me out and I think I could get a stoppage on him.
SolidMcDonnell will head into the fight in Hull as favourite after defeating Josh Wale in a final eliminator for the title, recently vacated by Kid Galahad.
"We're both 11 0 though and it's a good 50 50 fight. But I want to win this, and wouldn't mind winning it outright. I need the experience so there's no point me chasing anything else.
But while McDonnell has an unbeaten 11 fight record (one drawn) he has been able to garner plenty of experience of the big time having been at Jamie's side throughout his career.
"Anything and everything we do we get compared, but I think it's a good thing," he told Sky Sports. "It spurs me on and that's a lot of my motivation anyway I know I'm going to get compared to Jamie and I want it to be a good one.
"Although Leigh might have it in him, he's not done 10 or 12 rounds before whereas I've done them, I know what it feels like."
Unlike Jamie, a former British, Commonwealth, European and world champion, Gavin's career has been slow to ignite.
McDonnell has spent the vast majority of his career fighting on 'home' canvas at the Doncaster Dome, but he is looking forward to appearing in front of a packed house at Hull's Ice Arena.
"I'm learning my trade and I'm looking forward to a good year at British title level but I've got to win it first."
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Gavin McDonnell is looking to make a name for himself in Hull next month
Gavin McDonnell bids to step out of his twin brother's shadow when he takes on Leigh Wood for the vacant British super bantamweight title on February 22.
The fight, which is live on Sky Sports, provides support on a show featuring Darren Hamilton v Curtis Woodhouse, plus appearances from Hull favourites Luke Campbell and Tommy Coyle.
And while Gavin knows it is now his time to perform in the ring, he believes that experience will stand him in good stead.
"So I know first hand that if you work hard you can reach your goal. That's why I'm confident that if he can do it, I can do it.
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