Jamie McDonnell

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Jamie McDonnell
Statistics
Real name Jamie McDonnell
Rated at Bantamweight
Super Bantamweight
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Nationality British
Born 30 March 1986 (1986-03-30) (age 31)
Hatfield, Doncaster, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 32
Wins 29
Wins by KO 13
Losses 2
Draws 1

Jamie McDonnell (born 30 March 1986) is a professional boxer from Hatfield, Doncaster, England who currently holds the WBA World Bantamweight Title.

He is the former IBF World Bantamweight champion, European, Commonwealth and BBBofC bantamweight champion. He is the twin brother of fellow boxer Gavin McDonnell. As of May 2017, he is ranked as the world's second best bantamweight by BoxRec and The Ring magazine, and fifth by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.

Professional career[edit]

McDonnell had his first professional contest in September 2005 when he scored a points win over Neal Reid at the Doncaster Dome. He won his next three fights before meeting Welshman Dai Davies again at the Dome and scoring a draw over 4 rounds. On 13 October 2006 McDonnell beat Wayne Bloy over 4 rounds and in December of the same year he defeated future British super flyweight champion Andy Bell over six rounds.[1]

McDonnell's first title came in his next fight, meeting former victim Bloy on 23 February 2007 and scoring a third round stoppage to lift the English bantamweight title. The newly crowned English champion now had a record of 8–0–1 and had never fought outside of Doncaster professionally.[2]

Title challenges vs. Edwards and Haskins[edit]

McDonnell's first fight outside his home town saw him travel to the York Hall in Bethnal Green to defeat Nikita Lukin on 21 September 2007 in an 8-round fight. His next fight was to be for the British super-flyweight title at the Robin Park Centre in Wigan on 8 December 2007. The fight with Chris Edwards would be the first time the British super-flyweight had been contested making this the inaugural contest for the belt. The experienced Edwards eventually won the title via a split decision after 12 hotly contested rounds handing a first defeat for the Doncaster man.[3]

On 28 March 2008 McDonnell suffered his second defeat in a row having travelled to Barnsley to meet Bristol's Lee Haskins. The fight with Haskins resulted in another close loss over 8 rounds with Haskins himself coming off a British title loss to Ian Napa in the bantamweight division. The fight in Barnsley doubled as an eliminator for the winner to challenge for the Super Flyweight title which Haskins would go on to win.[4]

British bantamweight champion[edit]

Following two straight defeats to British level fighters, McDonnell regrouped by returning to Doncaster and beating journeyman Anthony Hanna via a fifth round stoppage. Two fights on the island of Jersey then followed with McDonnell scoring stoppage wins over imports Krastan Krastanov and Alain Bonnel before travelling back to Doncaster to defeat Scotland's James Ancliff again before the final bell had been heard. On 22 January 2010 McDonnell got his chance to fight for the British title once more, this time for the bantamweight version held by the experienced Ian Napa. The fight, at the Brentwood Centre in Essex, saw a tough battle result in an upset split decision win for McDonnell with the added bonus of the vacant Commonwealth belt also being on the line.[5]

European bantamweight champion[edit]

McDonnell's victory over Napa allowed him to step straight away into a challenge for the European title against the Frenchman Jerome Arnould. The fight, in Cannes on 20 March 2010, resulted in a surprise victory for the man from Doncaster with a 10th round stoppage over Arnould to lift his third title in a row.[6] McDonnell made his first defence at the Doncaster Dome on 2 July 2010 against the newly crowned Italian champion Rodrigo Bracco and managed to retain the belt with a third round stoppage win.[7] He returned to the Dome for his second defence on 22 January 2011 beating Belgian boxer Stephane Jamoye in a close contest with scores of 115–113 114–113 114–114 despite having a point deducted in the 11th round.[8] McDonnell chose to defend the Commonwealth belt he won against Ian Napa in his next fight in Sheffield on 28 May 2011. Had he lost the contest then McDonnell would have been stripped of his European title but there were no such concerns as he scored a unanimous points decision over Kenyan Nick Otieno. Following the fight, promoter Frank Maloney said that a potential unification match with British champion Stuart Hall could be on the cards and that it was a fight that both the fans and the boxers themselves wanted to happen. Jamie Mcdonnell fought Stuart Hall on 3 September 2011 and won via unanimous decision to reclaim the British title.[9]

WBA Bantamweight Champion[edit]

On 31 May 2014, McDonnell fought Tamadang Da Rachawat on the undercard of Froch vs Groves II at Wembley Stadium in front of 80,000 people. McDonnell won by TKO when he caught Rachawat with a left hook in the 10th round, despite getting to his feet, the referee decided that Rachawat was in no state to continue as he visibly stumbled after getting up.

Professional boxing record[edit]

29 Wins (13 knockouts, 16 decisions), 2 Losses, 1 Draw
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 29–2–1 Venezuela Liborio Solís UD 12 2016-11-12 Monaco Salle des Etoiles, Monte Carlo Retained WBA (Regular) Bantamweight title.
Win 28–2–1 Mexico Fernando Vargas TKO 9 (12), 2:39 2016-04-09 United Kingdom O2 Arena, Greenwich, London Retained WBA (Regular) Bantamweight title.
Win 27–2–1 Japan Tomoki Kameda UD 12 2015-09-06 United States American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas Retained WBA (Regular) Bantamweight title.
Win 26–2–1 Japan Tomoki Kameda UD 12 2015-05-09 United States State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, Texas Retained WBA (Regular) Bantamweight title.
Win 25–2–1 Argentina Javier Chacon TKO 10 (12), 0:39 2014-11-22 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside Retained WBA (Regular) Bantamweight title.
Win 24–2–1 Thailand Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat KO 10 (12), 2:00 2014-05-31 United Kingdom Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Won vacant WBA (Regular) Bantamweight title.
Win 23–2–1 Spain Abigail Medina PTS 8 2013-12-14 United Kingdom ExCel Arena, Docklands, London
Win 22–2–1 France Bernard Imon TKO 7 (8), 1:47 2013-11-23 United Kingdom Phones4u Arena, Manchester
Win 21–2–1 Mexico Julio Ceja MD 12 2013-05-11 United Kingdom Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Yorkshire Won vacant IBF Bantamweight title.
Win 20–2–1 Nicaragua Darwin Zamora RTD 8 (12), 3:00 2012-10-20 United Kingdom Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire IBF Bantamweight title eliminator.
Win 19–2–1 Spain Iván Pozo KO 2 (12), 2:11 2012-03-03 United Kingdom Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Sheffield, Yorkshire Retained EBU Bantamweight title.
Win 18–2–1 United Kingdom Stuart Hall UD 12 2011-09-03 United Kingdom Doncaster Dome, Doncaster, Yorkshire Retained Commonwealth and EBU Bantamweight titles.
Won BBBofC British Bantamweight title.
Win 17–2–1 Kenya Nick Otieno UD 12 2011-05-28 United Kingdom Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Sheffield, Yorkshire Retained Commonwealth Bantamweight title.
Win 16–2–1 Belgium Stephane Jamoye MD 12 2011-01-22 United Kingdom Doncaster Dome, Doncaster, Yorkshire Retained EBU Bantamweight title.
Win 15–2–1 Italy Rodrigo Bracco TKO 3 (12), 2:53 2010-07-02 United Kingdom Doncaster Dome, Doncaster, Yorkshire Retained EBU Bantamweight title.
Win 14–2–1 France Jerome Arnould TKO 10 (12) 2010-03-20 France La Palestre, Le Cannet, Alpes-Maritimes Won vacant EBU Bantamweight title.
Win 13–2–1 United Kingdom Ian Napa SD 12 2010-01-22 United Kingdom Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, Essex Won BBBofC British and vacant Commonwealth Bantamweight titles.
Win 12–2–1 United Kingdom James Ancliff TKO 1 (6), 2:27 2009-12-04 United Kingdom Doncaster Dome, Doncaster, Yorkshire
Win 11–2–1 Bulgaria Krastan Krastanov TKO 3 (8), 1:27 2009-02-14 United Kingdom Hotel de France, St Helier
Win 10–2–1 France Alain Bonnel PTS 6 2008-10-25 United Kingdom Hotel de France, St Helier
Win 9–2–1 United Kingdom Anthony Hanna TKO 5 (6), 0:45 2008-09-19 United Kingdom Doncaster Dome, Doncaster, Yorkshire
Loss 8–2–1 United Kingdom Lee Haskins PTS 8 2008-03-28 United Kingdom Metrodome, Barnsley, Yorkshire
Loss 8–1–1 United Kingdom Chris Edwards SD 12 2007-12-08 United Kingdom Robin Park Centre, Wigan, Greater Manchester For BBBofC British Bantamweight title.
Win 8–0–1 Georgia (country) Nikita Lukin PTS 8 2007-09-21 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London
Win 7–0–1 United Kingdom Wayne Bloy TKO 3 (10), 2:34 2007-02-23 United Kingdom Doncaster Dome, Doncaster, Yorkshire Won BBBofC English Bantamweight title.
Win 6–0–1 United Kingdom Andy Bell TKO 3 (6), 2:22 2006-12-01 United Kingdom Doncaster Dome, Doncaster, Yorkshire
Win 5–0–1 United Kingdom Wayne Bloy PTS 4 2006-10-13 United Kingdom Doncaster Dome, Doncaster, Yorkshire
Draw 4–0–1 United Kingdom Dai Davies PTS 4 2006-06-09 United Kingdom Doncaster Dome, Doncaster, Yorkshire
Win 4–0 United Kingdom Neil Marston PTS 4 2006-04-21 United Kingdom Doncaster Dome, Doncaster, Yorkshire
Win 3–0 United Kingdom Gary Sheil PTS 6 2006-03-03 United Kingdom Doncaster Dome, Doncaster, Yorkshire
Win 2–0 United Kingdom Delroy Spencer PTS 6 2005-12-02 United Kingdom Doncaster Dome, Doncaster, Yorkshire
Win 1–0 United Kingdom Neil Read PTS 6 2005-09-16 United Kingdom Doncaster Dome, Doncaster, Yorkshire Professional debut.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jamie McDonnell professional record". Boxrec. 1986-03-30. Retrieved 2014-05-31. 
  2. ^ "Jamie McDonnell professional record". Boxrec. 1986-03-30. Retrieved 2014-05-31. 
  3. ^ "Chris Edwards vs Jamie McDonnell". Fightwriter. 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2014-05-31. 
  4. ^ "BBC Sport | Haskins gets British title chance". BBC News. 2008-07-14. Retrieved 2014-05-31. 
  5. ^ "BBC Sport | Jamie McDonnell stuns Ian Napa to win British title". BBC News. 2010-01-22. Retrieved 2014-05-31. 
  6. ^ Joshua gets Skelton next after quick Wembley win 31/05/2014 (2010-03-21). "Boxrec news | McDonnell a Eurostar". News.boxrec.com. Archived from the original on 2 March 2012. Retrieved 2014-05-31. 
  7. ^ Italian stopped inside three rounds. "McDonnell retains his crown". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2014-05-31. 
  8. ^ "BBC Sport | Jamie McDonnell retains European bantamweight title". BBC News. 2011-01-22. Retrieved 2014-05-31. 
  9. ^ "McDonnell retains titles". Sky sports. Retrieved 2014-05-31. 

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Awards and achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
Léo Santa Cruz
IBF Bantamweight Champion
11 May 2013 – 18 October 2013
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Stuart Hall
Vacant
Title last held by
Kōki Kameda
WBA Bantamweight Champion
Regular Title

31 May 2014 – present
Incumbent
Regional and International championships
Preceded by
Ian Napa
British Bantamweight Champion
22 January 2010–2010
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Stuart Hall
Vacant
Title last held by
Jason Booth
Commonwealth Bantamweight Champion
22 January 2010 – 3 September 2011
Vacated
Vacant
Title last held by
Malik Bouziane
European Bantamweight Champion
20 March 2010 – April 2012
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Lee Haskins