Knockout blow for bid to make boxer Freeman

Another win: Jamie McDonnell with his title belts after beating opponent Stuart Hall in a title fight at the Doncaster Dome.
Another win: Jamie McDonnell with his title belts after beating opponent Stuart Hall in a title fight at the Doncaster Dome.

A CAMPAIGN to make triple boxing champ Jamie McDonnell a Freeman of the Borough looks to have suffered an early knockout.

But the Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies says the 25-year-old Hatfield bantamweight could still be nominated for a sports hero award from the town.

Meanwhile, Hatfield Town Council has already decided to honour Jamie, who now holds the British, Commonwealth and European titles after beating Stuart Hall at The Dome earlier this month.

At this week’s meeting members unanimously agreed to present Jamie with a plaque commemorating his achievements at their October meeting.

The campaign is being led by Hatfield town councillor Mick Glynn, who said: “I have written to the Mayor saying I believe Jamie’s outstanding sporting achievements should be recognised by his home town.

“I think he deserves to be made a Freeman of the Borough - he’s a lovely lad, not big-headed despite his success and I don’t think we go far enough in praising the young people of Doncaster.”

Mr Davies praised Jamie’s accomplishments - but poured cold water on the proposal to elevate him to Freeman status.

The Mayor said: “I am very impressed with Jamie’s achievements.

“I believe he is a fine example of what can be accomplished with hard work and determination and I look forward to continuing to follow his boxing career.

“However, Freeman of the Borough Honours are not given on a regular basis and there are no plans at present to invite nominations .

“There are currently 11 Freemen, who all continue to represent the town.

“That said, I think there are other ways in which we can recognise Jamie’s achievements and I would hope his supporters will nominate him in the Sporting Hero category of this year’s Pride in Doncaster Awards.”

Doncaster Council uses nationally recognised criteria in conferring Freeman status but honours are not awarded on an annual basis.

When nominations are invited they are considered for people who have excelled in contributing to their community or who have made significant changes for the benefit of others.