Boxing: Sheffield’s Hobson makes history with Doncaster’s McDonnell

History boys: Promoter Dennis Hobson, left, Jamie McDonnell and trainer Dave Hulley.  Picture: A Roe.

History boys: Promoter Dennis Hobson, left, Jamie McDonnell and trainer Dave Hulley. Picture: A Roe.

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DENNIS Hobson says he has taken ‘a punt’ to bring Jamie McDonnell’s IBF world title bout to Doncaster – but has backed his man to make the gamble worthwhile.

The Sheffield promoter engaged in a long game of cat and mouse with the camp of McDonnell’s scheduled opponent Julio Ceja.

But Hobson eventually got what he wanted – a world title showdown in McDonnell’s home town, at the Keepmoat Stadium on May 11.

Hobson said: “I liken deals like this to playing poker and this was the trickiest game I’ve ever played.

“I’ve taken a big punt on this. I’ve not got a TV deal yet which is a gamble.

“But the buzz of making memories has driven me through this and he is worth gambling on. It’s what Jamie wanted – like me he wants to make history.

“You can’t beat a first.

“Having a fight at the Keepmoat is a first; a Doncaster lad fighting for a world title is a first; and a Doncaster lad winning a world title will be a first.

“This will never be repeated and that is very exciting.”

McDonnell’s opponent Ceja has knocked out 22 of his 24 opponents but Hobson sees no gamble in putting his man in with the Mexican KO king.

“If I didn’t think Jamie could do this, I wouldn’t have gone to these lengths,” Hobson said.

“If Jamie boxes to order, he can lead this kid a merry dance. I’m very confident about this fight.

“It’s a massive opportunity for him. Now he’s got to go and win it for us. This could be the start of a great chapter and I get goosebumps just thinking about it.”

Doncaster heavyweights Dave Allen and Carl Spencer will be on the undercard.

General admission tickets go on sale this morning from 10am priced between £35 and £75. A number of ringside and VIP tickets will go on sale at a later date.