With just days to go, the excitement is beginning to build ahead of Jamie McDonnell’s IBF bantamweight world title clash with Mexican banger Julio Ceja (24-0). McDonnell (20-2-1) gets his big chance on home soil at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday in a fight that has caught the attention of British fans keen to witness his push to become Doncaster’s first world champion. Ceja has been questioning the durability of McDonnell's opponents to date, but the former British, Commonwealth and European champion has no doubt he will be the one with his arm held aloft come Saturday night. “I am 100 per cent confident in this fight,” said McDonnell.
“Training has been the best ever. I’ve had a solid ten week camp and we have nailed everything. We bought a tough Mexican sparring partner over to the UK to help me prepare along with sparring many rounds with Gary Sykes and Josh Warrington, this preparation has been spot on. We have left nothing to chance in this camp. “To have this fight in my home town with all my fans cheering me on only makes me even more confident I can win this fight. I’m here to make history which means winning.”
Since his win over Ian Napa in 2010, every time Jamie stepped up in class he has produced the goods, with impressive performances against the likes of Jerome Arnould and Stephane Jamoye. Heading into the biggest fight of his career, McDonnell knows what he must do to gets his hands on the IBF belt. “I won't be standing right in front of him and trading punches all night. When he tries to unload his big shots I will make sure my jaw isn’t sticking out for him. Don’t get me wrong - the kid can bang, but he has to be able to hit me to win the fight and that wont be easy! “We have worked on a game plan and if I stick to that then I’m sure I will be victorious on the night. I’m tall and rangy for my weight and I plan to take advantage of that. He will probably expect me to keep it at long range but he wont expect me to be as good as I am.
“This is the big one for me and I wont let it slip.” Promoter Dennis Hobson has secured a TV deal with PPV channel Primetime which will allow fans to purchase the ‘Making History’ card for £10.95. The undercard will feature Darlington’s Stuart Hall (14-2-1) vs. US-based Sergio 'Time to shine' Perales (22-1), Dronfield middleweight Lewis Taylor (8-0) and exciting heavyweight prospects Dave 'White Rhino' Allen (3-0) and Carl Spencer (2-0).
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