If anyone needed further evidence that Mexican fighters are a tough breed, they only had to witness Amir Khan’s titanic struggle against Julio Diaz, at Sheffield Arena, last weekend.
The next Mexican to fight in our county, won’t present any easier task, either.
Doncaster’s Jamie McDonnell knows he faces the fight of his life against concussive puncher Julio Ceja, for the IBF world bantamweight crown, a week on Saturday.
Ceja will step into the ring at Keepmoat stadium supremely confident on the back of a 24-fight winning record which features an astonishing 91per cent KO rate. He finished 15 off in the first three rounds.
If McDonnell is to become Doncaster’s first ever world champion he’ll have to be defensively stronger than ever before.
Whatever the 27-year-old Hatfield boxer’s tactics will be, 20-year-old Ceja is confident his power will overcome them.
He said: “I’ve seen videos of McDonnell and I respect him. But he’s never fought one single durable opponent. I’m used to fighting in different parts of Mexico, so I don’t believe it (boxing in Doncaster) will affect me. In the ring it’s only me and Jamie, the people won’t help to defend him from my power.
“I’m very confident I can knock him out. I always have that mentality when I go into the ring, from the first round. Winning the world title is going to be a dream come true.”
Dennis Hobson’s undercard will feature Dronfield’s Lewis Taylor defending his International Masters (Bronze) middleweight title against Jason Ball and Doncaster’s Jason Cunningham fighting for the English flyweight title.
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