Jamie will be Donny’s first ever world champ

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SUPPOSING there was a Doncaster boxing hall of fame, Jamie McDonnell would already have been inducted, says another definite member Mark Epton.

Epton, who won a silver medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, and then competed in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, admires the bantamweight world title hopeful’s achievements so far and is backing him to surpass all other fighters from the region.

“I think Jamie has what it takes to become Doncaster’s first ever world champion,” said Epton, who competed as a light-flyweight.

“Jamie is up there with the great names already, if not above and he will only go higher with the more that he goes on to achieve.

“I like Jamie’s style. He can box and fight but he like to brawl but he doesn’t need to and I’m sure it drives his trainer’s mad when he does. He got into a banging match against Stuart Hall and it didn’t really suit him. He’s better than that.”

Nicknamed the Choir Boy, Epton was an exceptional talent in the amateur ranks under Wilf Swindells, who died this year. McDonnell also worked with Swindells and Epton praised McDonnell’s training team for taking on the baton from the old master.

“Stefy and Dave at the Mexborough gym are doing tremendously; they’ve got a gym full of winners,” he said.