HISTORY making Jamie McDonnell is already a Doncaster boxing great according to trainer Stefy Bull.
McDonnell’s fight with Darlington’s unbeaten Stuart Hall this Saturday at the Doncaster Dome makes history as Jamie will become the first ever Doncaster fighter to fight for all three titles in his hometown.
Former fighter Bull, who trains the European and Commonwealth champion McDonnell at his Mexborough Empress Ballroom gym with fellow trainer Dave Hulley, believes that Jamie is already up there with the great names like Bruce Woodcock, Iron Hague and Jon Jo Irwin.
He said: “Doncaster has a proud history of boxing champions and I believe Jamie is on the same list.
“Bruce Woodcock is a massive name in Doncaster and he fought for all the same titles Jamie did, but as a heavyweight.
“More recently Jon Jo Irwin won the Lonsdale belt outright at featherweight and Iron Hague was English heavyweight champion in the early 1900s.
“Jamie is Doncaster’s only European champion for 50 years (since Woodcock) and his name should be right up there too.”
McDonnell has held all three belts, as did Woodcock in the late 1940s. Denaby’s Irwin held the British, Irish and Commonwealth titles during the 1990s, whilst Hague of Mexborough reigned as English champion for two years, defending his title five times.
Should McDonnell be victorious against Hall, he’ll be set to move onto the world scene and could eclipse the others’ achievements, for now though, Bull and McDonnell are focussed on beating the dangerous Hall.
“I’m more than confident that Jamie can’t be beaten by Hall,” said Bull.
“We’re focussed on this fight now and if Jamie comes through it we can then go and look at bigger things.
“We’ve had an excellent training camp. It really couldn’t have gone any better and we’re all excited for fight night now.”
Tale of the tape
Height: 5ft 8ins
Reach: 71 ins
Record: W17, L2, D1
Height: 5ft 81/4ins
Reach: 69 ½ ins
Don’t miss The Star’s re[port of the big fight in Monday’s Star Sport 16-page pull-out.