Top bantamweights, Jamie McDonnell and Julio Ceja, went head-to-head for the first time at a packed press conference on Tuesday (May 7).
The pair square off for the vacant IBF world crown this Saturday, May 11, at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium in a fight that will be screened live, via pay-per-view, on Primetime TV (Sky Channel 498 - preview available now).
The bout is shaping up to be a really exciting, and intriguing, affair. Unbeaten Ceja has dynamite in his mitts, having knocked out 22 of 24 opponents. While McDonnell - who is hoping to become Doncaster’s first ever world champion - is technically gifted and will look to keep out of danger, and box his way to victory.
Promoter Dennis Hobson said: "This is a fight-night that pales all others into insignificance. This will be the best value-for-money fight-night that boxing fans will spend their hard earned money on. I’m doing this because I believe in Jamie McDonnell."
Jamie McDonnell: "I’m proud to be fighting in my home town. I know all about Julio Ceja’s record of 24 fights, 22 KOs, and 15 inside the first three rounds, but he’s not fought me yet. I will be the one holding up the belt at the end of the night. I need all of Doncaster to come out for this one and give me one hundred per cent support. It’s going to be a really tough fight but I know I will be world champion on Saturday night."