JAMIE McDonnell has vacated his European belt as he sets his sights on a world title.
The Doncaster bantamweight had the option of defending his European belt against Belgian Stephane Jamoye, an opponent who did cause McDonnell problems when they met in early 2011 but instead is set to fight a WBC title eliminator against Mexican Hugo Cazares, which leaves Jamoye free to fight for the belt against Lee Haskins.
McDonnell won the European crown two months after he beat Ian Napa for the British and Commonwealth titles. After that win in France against Jerome Arnould, he went on to defend it four times against Rodrigo Bracco, Jamoye, Stuart Hall and earlier this year against Ivan Pozo.
It is undecided yet where the fight with Cazares will take place but McDonnell’s management and promotion team are keen for it to be staged in Doncaster.
Cazares, aged 34, is a former two weight world champion and veteran of 15 world title fights. He has fought for and won titles outside of his own country before.
The winner of the eliminator will probably face Japanese star Shinsuke Yamanaka in Tokyo to get their hands on the sought after WBC belt.