According to the IBF Jamie McDonnell has been stripped of his world bantamweight title he won in May against Mexican Julio Ceja. The organisation claims a failure to agree a defence against mandatory challenger Vusi Malinga within a required time is the reason they are taking the title off the champion..
In a statement to the Star and the Doncaster Free Press, an IBF spokesperson said: “Jamie McDonnell did not supply signed contracts for his mandatory defence scheduled for November 9 within the prescribed time according to IBF rule.
“By not doing so his title was declared vacant.”
The IBF also confirmed an appeal against the decision had been lodged by Matchroom Boxing head Eddie Hearn.
McDonnell. 27. has no official relationship with Hearn but it has been speculated that he would sign with him and Matchroom after last week declaring his intent to leave previous manager Dennis Hobson, although in a statement from the Sheffield-based promoter who masterminded McDonnell’s world title shot. Hobson has also disputed McDonnell leaving him and has lodged a complaint with the British Boxing Board of Control who will hold a hearing to decide whether their contract can be cancelled.
Statement from Dennis Hobson Promotions:
“We understand that the IBF have vacated Jamie McDonnell’s title as Bantamweight Champion because he failed to comply with a Resolution of the IBF Board of Directors. It is sad that Jamie McDonnell has been stripped of his World Title, especially when, in partnership with Dennis Hobson Promotions, he was able to achieve his boxing ambitions and become world champion at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster on 11 May 2013. It was a fabulous night for Jamie, for his team, and for British boxing, and we were particularly pleased when Jamie was gracious enough to say that he would not have become world champion without the team at Dennis Hobson Promotions.
“Unfortunately, in recent weeks Jamie has allowed third parties to influence him, to advise him and to make representations on his behalf – without any reference to us. This is in clear contravention of the contractual relationship he has with Dennis Hobson Promotions. The consequences of such unauthorized influence, advice and representations by these third parties have obviously, with today’s news, been catastrophic for Jamie.”
What a shame Jamie McDonnell’s business has come to this, after a great effort in becoming world champion, on an unforgettable night in his home of Doncaster, he now finds himself without the title he worked so hard to obtain and now faces a contractual row with his promoter that looks like getting messy.