Doncaster’s Jamie urges town to back him in world title bid

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WORLD title hopeful Jamie McDonnell is urging the Doncaster public to be present as he bids to make history.

Already arguably Doncaster’s finest boxer in terms of achievement, McDonnell will be the undisputed great if he wins the IBF bantamweight title against unbeaten Mexican Julio Ceja on May 11.

Around nine thousand tickets are available and McDonnell wants the Keepmoat Stadium to be a sellout affair.

“I’ve got to thank Dennis (Hobson) for getting the fight over here because it gives me a great opportunity to win a world title in front of my own fans and that spurs me on,” said McDonnell.

“I want to win this world title and I want to do it at the best place in Doncaster, the Keepmoat.

“To have the fight here gives me another one hundred percent in confidence with all the backing I’m going to get.

“When I have to dig in during the late rounds I know that I will be backed by the crowd and that will help me immensely.”

McDonnell is working with trainer Dave Hulley three times a day in order to get himself into the best possible shape and the effect has already taken its toll on Hulley who has himself dropped two stone.

Hulley, who works alongside Stefy Bull at the Empress Ballroom gym in Mexborough, believes that the preparation has to be this intense if McDonnell is to become Doncaster’s first ever world champion.

A special ticket hotline has been set up for the event on 0844 324 5590. Prices are £35, £50, £75 or £125 for inner ringside VIP.