Ceja praises Doncaster’s ‘great’ Jamie

Julio Ceja (left) is confident he will beat Hatfield's Jamie McDonnell at the Keepmoat on Saturday,
Julio Ceja (left) is confident he will beat Hatfield's Jamie McDonnell at the Keepmoat on Saturday,
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The man standing between Jamie McDonnell and the IBF world bantamweight title says he is ‘honoured’ to have the opportunity to fight him.

Julio Ceja came across as incredibly humble when he faced the British media for the first time yesterday, speaking through an interpreter.

Nevertheless, the 23-year-old Mexican expects to return home early next week clutching the IBF title belt.

“I know Jamie is a great boxer,” Ceja said.

“I’m expecting a lot from him here in his country in front of all of his people.

“It’s great to have the opportunity to fight such a great boxer.

“It will prove that I’m the best when I beat a great boxer.

“I have fought in front of a big crowd before, around 6-7,000 in Mexico City so I am not worried about what it will be like on Saturday.

“I’m confident that I’m well prepared for this fight.

“I’m not concerned by the crowd because it will just be me and Jamie in the ring when the bell goes.”

Ceja refused to be drawn into giving a prediction for Saturday’s bout but remained confident he would win the bout under the stars at the Keepmoat Stadium.

While humble and softly spoken during yesterdays’ press conference, Ceja will likely show a much more vicious side on Saturday night.

After joining the professional ranks at the tender age of 16 with 50 amateur bouts under his belt, Ceja has gone on to win all 24 of his paid fights, stopping 22 unfortunate opponents.