Hobson aims to box clever in title discussions

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MANAGER Dennis Hobson remains confident of bringing Doncaster Jamie McDonnell’s world title shot to this country.

Current IBF world bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz, sucessfully defended his title on Saturday night in Los Angeles where Hobson was there watching.

The Mexican wasn’t his usual destructive self, but Hobson knows that he may not be the opponent that McDonnell, who has won the British, Commonwealth and European titles, faces.

“We’re still waiting on an answer about whether he’s going to vacate the title and move up a division,” Hobson told The Star.

“I watched his fight behind the Sky guys and I said to them that on that showing Jamie would have given him nightmares.

“Still, we need to come up with a Plan B for another opponent and get it over here.

“It’d be a massive opportunity for him to box on home soil for a world title and we want the whole of South Yorkshire behind him because it’d be history in the making.”

No Doncaster boxer has ever fought for a world title and there has been talk in the past of staging what would be a huge attraction locally at the town’s Keepmoat Stadium where the various parties be in agreement.

Hobson says that he’ll use his contacts across the pond to ensure that the 26-year-old is prepared in the best possible manner.

“I’m going to have a sit down with Jamie’s training team and get the best possible sparring partners over from America,” he continued.

“That’s something crucial that we need because his likely opponent is going to be someone who works to the body and comes in at different angles and we need to make sure Jamie has the slickness to deal with that.

“Whoever he fights will be a top contender and a tough fight.”

Santa Cruz is likely to move up to super-bantamweight to chase a big-money fight with Filipino superstar Nonito Donaire.