Jamie McDonnell says he is devastated after being stripped of his IBF world bantamweight title.
But in typical style, the Hatfield bantamweight has pledged to become world champion once again.
“I’m devastated at this but I suppose I’ll just have to go out and win another world title,” he told the Star.
“This has come out of the blue. You would think the IBF would have contacted me to let me know what the case was but I’ve heard nothing.”
The IBF confirmed to the Star yesterday McDonnell has not agreed to a mandatory defence of his title within the required time frame.
A spokesperson said: “Jamie McDonnell did not supply signed contracts for his mandatory defence scheduled for November 9 within the prescribed time according to IBF rule.
“By not doing so his title was declared vacant.”
The IBF also confirmed an appeal against the decision had been lodged by Matchroom Boxing chief Eddie Hearn.
McDonnell has no official relationship with Hearn but it has been speculated that he would sign with Britain’s leading promoter after last week declaring his intent to leave previous manager Dennis Hobson of Sheffield.
South African Vusi Malinga was earlier this week confirmed as the mandatory challenger to the world title McDonnell won at the Keepmoat in May.