Boxing: World title fight location puzzle

Jamie McDonnell - heading for home title fight?
Jamie McDonnell - heading for home title fight?

BOXING fans are holding their breath over the possible choice of South Yorkshire for a world title fight.

Doncaster’s Jamie McDonnell will be disputing the IBF bantamweight crown against Mexican KO king Julio Ceja in the Summer.

Initially, it was suggested that the fight would be in either Mexico or New York City.

But promoter Dennis Hobson is staging a media conference on Friday in Doncaster, sparking speculation that the event will be at the Keepmoat Stadium in May.

South Yorkshire has a history of hosting thrilling world-title events. And McDonnell’s chances could be boosted if he competes on home soil.

Meanwhile, the war of words between IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander and Sheffield challenger Kell Brook shows no sign of abating. Brook takes on the American in Atlantic City on May 18 and Alexander believes he has little to worry about.

Referring to the odds of victory, he said: “How can you go for Kell when 95 per cent of people in boxing don’t even know who he is? I have looked at enough Brook fights to see what I need to and I’m not missing anything as he is a basic fighter. I haven’t seen one fight that I was impressed with because he hasn’t fought anyone of a high calibre.

“I haven’t heard anyone from the US going for Kell, but if they are, they are just people who don’t like me,” he told World Boxing News.

Quizzed about a potential unification fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr later this year, he replied: “Big things are coming after I brutalise Kell in May.”