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.
Check out some of the quotes from Tuesday’s ‘presser’:
Dennis Hobson: “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.”
Julio Ceja: “I would like to thank God for this opportunity. I am really happy to be in England to fight for the world title. I have trained very hard and feel perfectly prepared. I will be going home with the world title belt.”
Dave Hulley (Jamie’s trainer): “Quite simply, Jamie McDonnell has trained perfectly, sparred perfectly and he’s ready for this. There’s no doubt in my mind that Doncaster will see Jamie become their first ever world champion on Saturday night.”
Don’t miss it!
Dennis Hobson Promotions presents ‘Making History’ featuring Jamie McDonnell versus Julio Ceja for the vacant IBF world bantamweight title at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium on May 11.
The quality undercard for the show will include Stuart Hall and Sergio Perales contesting the IBF inter-continental bantamweight title; Dronfield’s Lewis Taylor defending his International Masters (Bronze) middleweight title against Jason Ball; Doncaster’s Jason Cunningham fighting for the English flyweight title; Doncaster heavyweights Dave ‘The White Rhino’ Allen and Carl Spencer; and Sheffield’s Jamie Sampson.
For ticket information visit www.dennishobson.com or call the ticket hotline on 0844 324 5590.
The show will also be broadcast pay-per-view via Primetime. Visit www.primetimeboxing.co.uk