DONCASTER’S Jamie McDonnell will make local sporting history when he fights against Stuart Hall with the British, Commonwealth and European titles up for grabs.
The fight between Hatfield’s boxing hero and Lonsdale belt holder Hall, 31, from Darlington, has been scheduled for September 3 at the Dome after being in the pipeline for quite some time.
McDonnell vacated the British title, which Hall won and then defended three times to make it his own outright.
Since then McDonnell has claimed the European title which he successfully defended against Stephane Jamoye earlier this year.
A points win over Kenyan Nick Otieno saw him retain his Commonwealth crown in May, and now he’s set to become the first ever Doncaster fighter to fight for three belts in his hometown.
Joint-trainer Stefy Bull said: “It’s quite an achievement.
“Bruce Woodcock fought for all three but that was at the White City Stadium in London in 1949. So he’s the first to do it in Doncaster so it’s history in the making.”
All fights are bound to be tough at the level McDonnell is now at and Bull knows his charge is in for a testing night against the North-East fighter: “We’re not looking past Stuart Hall by any means. If you look at the rankings there are no two better fighters in the country than Jamie and Stuart who are number one and number two,” said Bull. “Stuart deserves his shot at Jamie more than anyone, so the fight had to happen and Sky were pushing for it.
“It’s got all the makings of fight of the year, but that will obviously depend on the tactics that they bring to the ring.
“Jamie wanted the fight too, especially in front of his home fans where the atmosphere is always electric.”
McDonnell has also received a financial boost ahead of his showdown with Hall.
Doncaster construction company Lazarus are sponsoring his training camp and this allows him to miss time off work and concentrate wholly on boxing.
Bull continued: “They’re giving him some great support and this will allow him to be at his very best in the fight.
“It also ties in with Jamie’s dream of fighting for a world title in Doncaster.
“He wants to fight at either the Keepmoat Stadium or at Doncaster racecourse where it will be open air and a massive spectacle.
“Lazarus sponsor a stand at the racecourse so it’s good to have them on board and pushing Jamie all the way.”