McDonnell in ratings boost after title strip

Jamie McDonnell
Jamie McDonnell

The president of the IBF appears to have paved the way for a quick route back to the world title for Jamie McDonnell.

The Hatfield bantamweight was stripped of his IBF bantamweight crown last week after failing to agree a mandatory defence before a given deadline.

And an appeal against the decision failed, despite a plea from McDonnell.

But IBF president Daryl Peoples has recommended the organisation’s ratings commission to take into account McDonnell’s situation when they determine their latest rankings next month.

Peoples told the Free Press McDonnell had no grounds to appeal the decision meaning the title is now vacant and will be contested by the next highest ranked fighters, Vusi Malinga and Stuart Hall.

McDonnell delivered an emotive statement, directed at the IBF, where he revealed the events which led to both his split from long-time manager Dennis Hobson and the stripping of his world title.

He said: “I firmly believe that a boxer wins a title in the ring and should only lose a title in the ring.

“I have dedicated my entire life to becoming a champion and winning your prestigious title was the greatest moment of my life.

“To have this taken away from me, particularly in these circumstances has left me shattered.”

The 27-year-old alleges Hobson, against his instructions, signed an agreement with Queensberry Promotions for McDonnell to fight on BoxNation.

This lead to McDonnell terminating his managerial agreement with Hobson.

McDonnell also claims he had no knowledge of a mandatory obligation to defend his title against Malinga, nor any of the terms agreed for the fight.

He said the first time he saw the bout agreement was the day after the IBF’s deadline for papers to be signed.

McDonnell revealed details of the bout agreement which gave him three weeks notice to fight Malinga on November 9 at Leeds Arena for a purse of $50,000, a sum he labelled ‘totally derisory’ for a world title defence.

Hobson released a statement of his own last weekend, stating that ‘third party influence’ had proved catastrophic for McDonnell.