Hobson plots US domination with Doncaster’s Jamie McDonnell

World champion Jamie McDonnell with promoter Dennis Hobson, left, and trainer Kevin Sanders after beating Julio Ceja at the Keepmoat Stadium
World champion Jamie McDonnell with promoter Dennis Hobson, left, and trainer Kevin Sanders after beating Julio Ceja at the Keepmoat Stadium
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Dennis Hobson believes he will have no problem in selling new world champion Jamie McDonnell to American fight fans.

After he captured the IBF world bantamweight title at the Keepmoat on Saturday, McDonnell’s next step should be to conquer the US according to manager Hobson.

And the Sheffield promoter believes his win over the highly-rated young Mexican Julio Ceja will provide the perfect advert.

“The Americans will love him,” Hobson said.

“When I go to (broadcaster) HBO in a few weeks and take a DVD of the fight, they’ll be all over him.

“They’re looking for another superstar over there and we’ve got one.”

“He’s a special talent and the most exciting thing about Jamie is that he’s still improving.

“That’s a scary prospect when you see what he did on Saturday.

“They were talking about Ceja like he was the next superstar coming out of Mexico.

“Nacho Beristain in his corner is one of the most renowned trainers in the world.

“He wouldn’t want to be involved with an also-ran.

“They thought it was a given he was going to arrive and have 15 years at the top of the world.

“But they didn’t count on Jamie McDonnell.”

After a somewhat disappointing crowd turned out at the Keepmoat to watch McDonnell’s title win, he is likely to head out on the road with his first defence.