McDonnell looks to maintain run

Eight wins: Jamie McDonnell
Eight wins: Jamie McDonnell
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JAMIE McDonnell is closing in on a world title shot.

Having won his last eight fights, McDonnell has rapidly climbed up the rankings.

The Doncaster puncher is looking to maintain his superb run and defend his Commonwealth belt against Nick Otieno at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre on May 28.

It will be the first time Otieno has fought in the UK but it promises to be tough assignment for McDonnell as the Kenyan has won 21 of his 27 fights.

But bantamweight ace McDonnell, the headline act of the show, is looking forward to the encounter

“I have had a great few years and I am still improving and this will be another good fight for me to show that I am learning new things every day,” said the European champion.

Also on the show is McDonnell’s twin brother Gavin, who is seeking his fourth straight win since turning professional last December.

Jamie said: “It’s exciting to be on the same bill as our Gav, I am not sure yet whether I’ll watch him, but I know he has trained really hard for this fight and he will do well.”

Gavin can’t wait for his local derby clash with Andy Roberts.

Of Roberts, Gavin said: “We have boxed, trained and sparred together lots and of course in the amateurs we often were fighting at the same time, but it will be different on May 28.

“Jamie is ready for his fight and I can’t wait to show what I can do in front of the biggest crowd of my career so far.”

On the undercard, Sheffield’s Nicki Smedley takes on Nigel Wright for the English Welterweight title.

The show, to be screened on Sky Sports, also includes Liam Cameron, Reagan Denton, Kid Galahad, Imran Khan and debutant Kyle Winters

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