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Jamie McDonnell retains European bantamweight title

Jamie McDonnell
McDonnell became European champion in March last year

Jamie McDonnell retained his European bantamweight title with a majority points win over Stephane Jamoye.

McDonnell was rocked by a right-hand to the chin from the Belgian challenger as early as the second round in Doncaster.

But the 24-year-old clung on and, enjoying particular success with body shots, had Jamoye, 21, on the back foot for the final four rounds.

And despite being deducted a point in the 11th for fouling, the Yorkshireman triumphed 115-113 114-113 114-114.

McDonnell's second successful defence of the crown he won in March last year improved his record to 16 wins and two defeats from 18 professional fights.


Jamoye, a third choice for the fight, was the more lively fighter in the first round, and McDonnell looked in trouble when he took a vicious right-hand counter on the chin in the next.

Former WBC world youth champion Jamoye went for the kill with a cluster of jabs and hooks, but McDonnell grittily held on to the bell.

After that early wobble, 5ft 8in McDonnell kept his distance and began to use his superior 71in reach to his advantage, connecting with cleaner punches, especially to the body.

In the sixth, one the of those body blows was called low by referee Robin Dolpierre, although TV replays suggested the decision was harsh.

McDonnell was undeterred, though, by that setback, and looked to be pulling away by the end of the eighth.

After repeated warnings for shoving throughout the fight, McDonnell was finally penalised by a point in the 11th to set up a tense finale.

As expected, Jamoye went for broke in the last, and had some success with his right as McDonnell showed inexperience when dropping his guard.

The home favourite, however, had done just enough for victory to the delight of the raucous Doncaster Dome crowd.

"It was a really tough fight," McDonnell told Sky Sports. "I got caught with a couple of good shots and I really had to dig in.

"Before I knew it, it was the 11th round, the fight just flew by. I just started using my jab, keeping it longer a little bit, I didn't feel like I got stuck in the way I can."

On the undercard, former British super-featherweight champion Carl Johanneson earned his third successive victory with a points victory against George Watson.

see also
McDonnell retains European title
04 Jul 10 |  Boxing
McDonnell stuns Napa to win title
22 Jan 10 |  Boxing

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