McDonnell is the champion of champions

Jamie McDonnell V Stuart Hall European,Commonwealth and British Bantamweight Title Defence
Jamie McDonnell V Stuart Hall European,Commonwealth and British Bantamweight Title Defence
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JAMIE McDonnell proved he was the champion of champions with a tremendous boxing display against Stuart Hall.

JAMIE McDonnell proved he was the champion of champions with a tremendous boxing display against Stuart Hall.

The European and Commonwealth champion stuck to and executed a perfect gameplan at the Doncaster Dome on Saturday night to beat the previously undefeated British-title-holder by a unanimous verdict.

At times he took chances and engaged in toe-to-toe trading with the Darlington man in the third and 12th rounds, but it was obvious who the better of the champions was.

After a slow start, McDonnell began to outclass Hall.

His opponent fearlessly walked him down, but McDonnell’s box and move style was too evasive for him to come to terms with.

Hall applied pressure throughout, but his only hurtful punches were few and far between, whilst McDonnell’s relentless jab had damaged both Hall’s eyes and his body attacks became telling.

By the latter stages, McDonnell was using the whole of the ring to frustrate a desperate and tired Hall yet further and, despite there being a few nervous onlookers at the packed out Dome, it was no surprise when he was announced the winner.

The judges scored it 115-113, 116-114 and 116-113.

McDonnell is now the first Doncaster boxer to win all three titles in his home town and he’s after another accolade.

He told The Star: “I want to be Doncaster’s first ever world champion. Making history is something I want to do and I’m glad that I have.

“After my mandatory defence (of his European title) I’ll be ranked in the top five. Nonito Donaire is the big champion but he’ll move up and vacate and I’ll be there.”

There were question marks about whether McDonnell really wanted the fight against Hall, but he proved he did and believes he showed distinguished qualities.

“I took this fight because I wanted to stop him yapping at me and I’ve proved that I’m above his level, he said.

“It was a dangerous fight. Stuart was undefeated and really wanted to take all the titles but I wasn’t going to let him do that.

“If I’d have lost tonight I’d have retired for six months and just come back and done it for the money. The dream would have been over.

“In the second half of the fight when I got my jab going and used my feet it became quite easy for me.

“I thought he’d start fading after the sixth round but he didn’t until the last.

“There was massive pressure on me and I proved why I’m the champion and why I’m up there with the best.”

Meanwhile, Sheffield’s Liam Cameron started his career with new trainer Clinton Woods on the graveyard shift, but took little time to beat Londoner Costas Osben.

Cameron, who lost last time out to Erick Ochieng, came in over the weight limit, but backstage negotiations saved the fight, although it was scheduled last.

After a steady opening Cameron took control in the second and a body shot to Osben put him to the canvas.

Breathing heavily, he was unable to beat the referee’s count.