By James Slater at ringside
Photos: Scott J. Raven
Doncaster man Jamie McDonnell is the new IBF bantamweight king after a very hard fought and exciting twelve round majority win over previously unbeaten Mexican youngster Julio Ceja. Both men gave their all in a terrific battle that saw virtually no clinching. The fight really caught fire in the second half and at times there was some great trading up close. Ceja looked more tired at the end but it seemed he’d done more work. Still, the judges scored it 114-114 and 115-113 and a disgusting 118-110 to new champ McDonnell. The Ceja camp are sure to scream robbery. McDonnell is now 21-2-1, 9 KOs. Ceja lost his unbeaten record in falling to 24-1, 22 KOs. Rematch anyone?
Stuart Hall won the vacant IBF inter-continental bantamweight belt with an entertaining twelve round unanimous decision over a game and always dangerous Sergio Perales of Brownsville, Texas. The fight was fought at a fast pace and the hometown fans enjoyed the action. Hall, who has never been stopped and now looks to a bigger fight, looked very sharp in improving to 15-2-1, 7 KOs, Perales fell to 22-2, 14 KOs. Scores were 117-111 twice and 115-112 all for Hall.
At light welter, unbeaten Jamie Sampson won a fairly hard fought six round points win over a tough and game Lee Connelly. The two went at it in a pleasing encounter but Sampson was always a step ahead. The referee had it 59-56. Sampson moves to 8-0. Connelly is now 2-2.
Unbeaten local heavyweight Carl Spencer scored a one-way traffic second round TKO over a game but totally outgunned Ferenc Zsalek of Budapest. After a punishing opening round, spencer poured it on in the second forcing ref Michael Alexander to wave it off. Time was 1:09. Spencer is now 3-0, 3 KOs. Zsalek falls to 11-32-3.