Jamie McDonnell set for pre-Christmas big fight double

Jamie McDonnell. Picture: Malcolm Billingham.
Jamie McDonnell. Picture: Malcolm Billingham.
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Jamie McDonnell will have a particularly active end to the year after being taken under the wing of Matchroom Boxing chief Eddie Hearn.

The Hatfield bantamweight will follow up his November 23 outing on the undercard of the Carl Froch-George Groves blockbuster with another fight just three weeks later.

Hearn is hoping keeping busy will help McDonnell recover from the disappointment of having his IBF world title stripped a fortnight ago.

And there will be no easing back into action for the 27-year-old who has not fought since winning the world title in May.

“We’re looking to get Jamie in a 12 round fight in Manchester on November 23 and then a ten rounder on December 14 in London,” Hearn told the Star.

“It’s all about keeping him active now and getting him ready to fight for another world title early next year.

“I’ve got no qualms about putting him in these two fights close together. I was with him at the weekend and he’s in great condition, training hard.

“We’ve got four or five names lined up for November 23 and we’ll be making a final decision on Wednesday.

“It’s not going to be a 50-50 war but we want someone who is going to test Jamie and bring out the best in him.”

McDonnell has yet to come to a formal agreement with Matchroom with Hearn prioritising the making of fights for the former plasterer.

His December 14 outing will take place at London’s ExCel Centre on a card which will also feature Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua and Kevin Mitchell.