Last Updated: 26/05/14 10:54am
Jamie McDonnell: should be a world champion for the second time, says Johnny
It is great to see Jamie McDonnell get the chance to right the wrongs and be a world champion again.
"Jamie McDonnell and his twin brother Gavin seem to have that local support in Doncaster and he reminds me of a smaller version of Ricky Hatton, a real peoples' champion. They love him to bits."
We all felt he was hard done by when he lost the IBF bantamweight title last year and anyone with a bit of common sense will have felt it unjust and unfair.
Quite why Jamie was stripped of the title I am still not certain and the one thing is, you have to give Stuey Hall great credit for capitalising and taking over at the top of the tree.
But his achievements might well be overshadowed by McDonnell at Wembley on May 31, and you can understand why.
The political jungle that is boxing doesn't suggest even if he lifts the WBA version that McDonnell will be able to take on Hall for an all-British unification fight, but the main issue is that the boy from Doncaster does it again and wins that vacant belt.
McDonnell is a real grafter, a real hard worker and is tougher than you'd think. Maybe it is the Yorkshireman in him, but he does not mess around.
He keeps his feet firmly on the ground and even if he does become world champion again, he will not get carried away by the fame and forune, glitz and glamour of the game because that is not him.
In fact there is not many of us up there in Yorkshire that would. We don't do that namby-pamby stuff, that's for sure. I have a feeling he will be more than ready for this and there is no way Wembley is going get him carried away. If he is rubbish, his mates will tell him, don't worry about that.
It is going to be one thing to beat Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat from Thailand, who has only lost twice in 54 pro fights, but Jamie needs to do the business because his mates and his neighbours will not hold back if he fails.
McDonnell and his twin brother Gavin seem to have that local support in Doncaster and he reminds me of a smaller version of Ricky Hatton, a real peoples' champion. They love him to bits.
Also Jamie gets credit because he's done it the hard way. He has done it the traditional way of the British, Commonwealth and European and that means people know him and what he does.
Move up to super-bantamweight and Scott Quigg is a world champion and Carl Frampton is closing in on one too but what we usually hear is the rivalry between them. The IBF issue aside all we really hear about McDonnell is how he did in the ring.
He deserves the credit he gets and although I do not know too much about Na Rachawat, he deserves to become a world champion again. Jamie McDonnell belongs at the top.
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