NEGOTIATING is going on behind the scenes to try to ensure that European champion Jamie McDonnell’s next fight will be staged in South Yorkshire.
Purse bids for the fight, which will determine who’ll be the number one contender to unbeaten Japanese star Shinsuke Yamanaka were won by Hugo Cazares’ Mexican representatives.
That left manager Dennis Hobson having to work hard to strike a new deal for the Mexicans to instead travel to Doncaster or Sheffield.
Hobson said: “We’re still confident we can bring the fight to our region.
“It’s like a game of poker at the minute but we expect to hear from them in the next two or three days. We’re determined to have it in either Doncaster or Sheffield and I don’t think the Mexicans are equipped to host the fight anyway.
“We want to go down the WBC route because it’s one of the most prestigious. I’m not slagging off (Sheffield welterweight champion) Kell Brook because he’s one of my mates, but he’s taking an easier route to the top than Jamie is. Jamie wants to fight the best and he wants to win the world title in the most prestigious way.”
Should negotiations break down, Hobson and McDonnell admit they wouldn’t be keen on travelling to Mexico.
“There is a ‘Plan B’ if we don’t pull it off,” said Hobson. “We don’t want Jamie treading water; we want tough fights. Jamie’s ready for the big stage, whoever he fights next will be world-ranked.”
Promoter Ricky Hatton has tried to soothe the fears of his boxers - including Sheffield’s Ryan Rhodes and Richard Towers - about lucrative TV coverage in the future.
Sky Sports have decided not to give Hatton any further dates after their Manchester Velodrome show on June 16.
Hatton said: “The news was a blow and I feel we have been unfairly treated, but there are meetings already set up with other TV channels. Next season I am very confident that my fighters will have a big television platform to perform on. I have a great stable of fighters and TV companies have contacted me – not me them which is encouraging.
“It shows the great promotions I have staged for Sky hasn’t gone unnoticed.
“It isn’t rocket science to work out how well I did for Sky Sports as a boxer and promoter. They repaid me by telling me I had no more dates.
“There was no phone call just an e-mail and that was sent to my Director of Boxing, Richard Poxon, not me.”