McDonnell - 'I'll prove my worth'

HATFIELD hero Jamie McDonnell will be fighting for recognition - as well as staying on course for a crack at a world title - when he defends his European bantamweight crown at the Dome this Saturday.

Amazingly the modest former Dunscroft man believes he still has to prove himself despite winning British, Commonwealth and European titles in the space of an incredible two months last year.

McDonnell feels he did not get the acclaim he deserved when he beat British and Commonwealth champion Ian Napa in what some believed was a controversial points verdict last January.

And they belittled his opponent when he stopped Italian champion Rodrigo Bracco in his first defence of the European title at the Dome last July.

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