By James Slater
British promoter Dennis Hobson has confirmed that his fighter, 26-year-old Jamie McDonnell of Doncaster, will have home advantage when he challenges for the vacant IBF bantamweight title on May 11th. McDonnell (20-2-1, 9 KOs) will face unbeaten Mexican puncher Julio Ceja (24-0, 22 KOs) at the football stadium of Doncaster Rovers.
“I am delighted to be bringing the world title fight to the Keepmoat stadium,” Hobson said. “Both Jamie and I have long been determined for his world title fight to take place at his home stadium. Ceja’s camp really wanted the fight in Mexico and we had to work really hard to bring this fight to South Yorkshire.”
McDonnell may well have to work very hard to defeat 20-year-old Ceja. The Mexican has never fought outside of his homeland before, but the man known as “Pollito” has certainly shown his punching power. Still, McDonnell – winner of his last 12 and never stopped – has shown his quality in the ring. Already a British, Commonwealth and European champion, McDonnell is confident he can pick up the belt vacated by Leo Santa Cruz.
In Fact, McDonnell has gone on record as saying he wants to fight Santa Cruz after he has beaten Cruz’ countryman in May. At a 5’8″ to 5’5,” McDonnell will enjoy a considerable height advantage over Ceja.