Jamie has nothing to lose in ‘scrap’

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DENNIS HOBSON believes that Jamie McDonnell will come through his fight with Stuart Hall with all the belts and a lot more credibility.

McDonnell fights Darlington’s British champion Hall at the Doncaster Dome on September 3 with Hall’s Lonsdale belt and McDonnell’s European and Commonwealth titles up for grabs.

It’s an explosive way to kick off the new boxing season and a risk to take on the unbeaten Hall, aged 31, but the Hadfield bantamweight’s manager Hobson doesn’t see it as a 50-50 fight.

He told The Star: “Jamie is a lot further forward than Stuart in boxing and some people will see it as a step back to fight a domestic level fighter, but there’s nothing like a good domestic scrap to build up your credibility.

“We could have moved onto the world scene but we’ve decided to take this fight instead and it’s going to be a tough one. I think Jamie will have too much class for him, but at times he’ll have to dig in and show a champion’s quality.”

Moving onto the world level seemed like a logical step after McDonnell won all three belts early in 2010 and then had three successful defences against Rodrigo Bracco, Stephane Jamoye and Nick Otieno, but Hobson knows at McDonnell, aged 25 still has time to develop into a better fighter. “We want to get Jamie as much experience in as possible because when we go for a world title, we want to win it,” he said.

“Bantamweight is always going to be a tough division for Brits because it’s not a natural weight for us. It’s a really tough division and at world title level you’re going to have Mexicans and fighters from the Philippines who are smaller and therefore more natural to the weight.

“We’ve got time on our side with Jamie and we want to get him abroad sparring again so that he builds up the experience.”

Ticket hotline for the fight is 01302 370777.