22 January 2011
Doncaster Dome, Doncaster, England, Great Britain
promoter: Maloney Promotions (Frank Maloney)
matchmaker: Jimmy Gill
McDonnell overcams Jamoye
Jamie McDonnell came through a difficult night against rising Belgian star Stephane Jamoye, in a sizzling battle between two world-class bantamweights, to retain his European bantamweight title in front of his home fans in Doncaster.
McDonnell, 16-2-1 (7), barely keept his EBU belt with a majority 12-round points decision. Scores were 115-113 (Esa Lehtosaari) and 114-113 (Juergen Langos) for the defending champion, while the third judge Christophe Fernandez ruled a draw with 114-114.
Jamoye, 19-2-0 (9), entered with an air of confidence and immediately took the centre of the ring, beating McDonnell to the jab and looking dangerous with the right hand.
McDonnell, WBC #14, who survived an early onslaught to get a much needed victory against his 21-year old challenger after founf himself in deep waters in the first couple of rounds.
The Doncaster bantamweight battled back from a second-round wobble to take the win in front of his home fans and needed to work hard for the full 12 rounds to earn a majority verdict.
Middleweights, Liam Cameron W TKO 4 Lester Walsh,
Superwelterweights, Glen Foot W PTS 4 Dee Mitchell,
Welterweights, Dale Miles W TKO 2 Simone Lucas,
Superlightweight, Carl Johanneson W PTS 8 George Watson,
Superlightweight, Tommy Coyle W PTS 4 Andrew Patterson,
Superlightweight, Chad Gaynor W PTS 4 Kristian Laight,
Superlightweight, Maxi Hughes W PTS 4 Graham Fearn,
Superfeatherweights, Josh Warrington W PTS 4 Steve Gethin,
Featherweights, Kieran Farrell W PTS 4 Jason Carr,
Featherweights, Terry Flannigan W TKO 2 Stoyan Serbezov.
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