‘This is for Doncaster’ was the message from Jamie McDonnell after becoming the first boxing world champion in the town’s history.
The Hatfield fighter became the IBF World Bantamweight champion after beating Julio Ceja at the town’s Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday.
And the 27-year-old immediately dedicated his win to his home town.
He said: “This is for Doncaster, for everyone who has helped me and supported me in getting to this point.
“The support I’ve had from Doncaster in the build -up to this fight has been incredible.
“That’s got me through some hard times in training and I want to give something back.
“I’m proud to have made history in Doncaster.”
To become world champion, the former plasterer had to survive a tough battle with previously unbeaten Ceja, aged 20, who had knocked out 22 of his 24 opponents heading into the fight.
But the former Sheep Dip Primary School and Hatfield High School pupil outboxed an opponent touted for greatness in his home country.
New Doncaster mayor Ros Jones offered her congratulations to Jamie.
She said: “What an achievement this is for Jamie. He has made Doncaster proud.
“For a Doncaster person like Jamie to be fly the flag for our town, be trained here by Doncaster people and win a world title here is an inspiration.
“We are on the crest of a wave right now with sporting achievement.
“First we had the Dons winning the league and play-offs in September, Rovers becoming League One champions and now we have a boxing world champion.
“These achievements are an inspiration to young people and I’m sure this success will get more and more youngsters into sport.”