Jamie McDonnell delighted to claim the IBF title at the Keepmoat Stadium

Last Updated: 12/05/13 10:30am

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Jamie McDonnell: Got the nod on two of the scorecards, with the third judge making it a draw

Jamie McDonnell: Got the nod on two of the scorecards, with the third judge making it a draw

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Jamie McDonnell was left to bask in the "amazing feeling" of becoming a world champion in his hometown of Doncaster after beating Julio Ceja on Saturday night.

The 27-year-old bantamweight claimed the vacant IBF belt with a majority points decision over the previously unbeaten Ceja at the Keepmoat Stadium.

"It means everything and this belt is for everyone in Doncaster."
Jamie McDonnell

McDonnell, who had not tasted defeat since March 2008, was given the nod 115-113 and 118-110 by two judges at ringside, while the third scored the bout 114-114.

"Oh my god, what an amazing feeling," said the new champion afterwards. "In the first five rounds or so I felt him out and wanted to come on stronger as the fight went on.

"I started digging him in the last few rounds and I felt I could have even got the stoppage.

Enjoying it

"I was actually enjoying it. He had a big record with 22 knockouts but I dug in because I wanted this belt. I controlled that fight.

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"I could have easily pushed it more. There were a few anxious moments when he caught me but I enjoyed that last round more than I've ever enjoyed a round.

"It means everything and this belt is for everyone in Doncaster."

Promoter Dennis Hobson was full of praise for his fighter, saying: "It's great, he's a special talent.

"He is the most successful sportsman in Doncaster. It's a special achievement."

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