By James Slater
Promoter Dennis Hobson is rightfully proud of his fighter, new IBF bantamweight ruler Jamie McDonnell, and he has big plans for the Doncaster warrior. Fresh off the 27-year-old’s upset points win over previously unbeaten Mexican puncher Julio Ceja, Hobson plans to show off his new champion to cable giant HBO, with the ultimate aim being to make McDonnell a star in America.
“The Americans will love him,” Hobson said of McDonnell, 21-2-1(9) in speaking with South Yorkshire Times. “When I go to HBO in a few weeks and take a DVD of the fight [with Ceja] they’ll be all over him. They’re looking for another superstar over there and we’ve got one.
“He’s a special talent and the most exciting thing about Jamie is that he’s still improving.”
It will be most interesting to see who McDonnell makes his first title defence against. The rival champions at bantamweight are currently: Shinsuke Yamanaka (WBC), Anselmo Moreno (WBA Super champ), Koki Kameda (regular WBA), Paulus Ambunda (WBO).
McDonnell has stated that he feels he can clean up his weight class.