Boxing: Doncaster’s finest ever boxer

Jamie McDonnell
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Boxer Jamie McDonnell became the first ever fighter from Doncaster to win a world title tonight.

The Hatfield 20-year-old got a majorty verdict of 114-114, 115-113, 118-110 after a titanic battle.

He had been warmly welcomed by his supporters at the Keepmoat Stadium before his battle against Mexican Julio Ceja, for the IBF World Bantamweight Crown.

Doncaster’s holder of the British, European and Commonwealth bantamweight titles had his work cut out early on but came on stronger by the round.

On a cold night outdoors at the Keepmoat, the pair were even in round one although the visitor seemingly started to call the shots soon after, looking to land body shots.

Ceja, the bookie’s favourite, seemed to the more dangerous operator in rounds two and three, although the home boy had a decent defence.

McDonnell, supported tonight by Sheffield’s Kell Brook, looked livelier in the fifth round, and the crowd were sensing this was the turning point.

It wasn’t a flash in the pan as either McDonnell seemed stronger and the Mexican less of a threat. The central American’s legs seemed to lack the jump we’d witnessed earlier, too.

But from no where the Mexican was back in it - dispensing some real punishment in the penultimate round.

Yet there was another twist: McDonnell was the stronger competitor as their toe to toe war fight went to the wire.

A fantastic achievement - and a proud night for Doncaster!