Boxing: McDonnell recognised among best of British

Jamie McDonnell
Jamie McDonnell

Jamie McDonnell closed his rollercoaster year with yet more plaudits.

Top magazine Boxing News ranked the Hatfield bantamweight as fourth in the list of 2013’s top British fighters, placing him behind Carl Froch, Darren Barker and Scott Quigg who also won world titles bouts during the year.

And the bout in which McDonnell won his IBF world bantamweight crown was named the fourth best British fight of the year.

His war with Mexican Julio Ceja under the stars at the Keepmoat was lauded for both men giving everything in their quest for the vacant title.

The 27-year-old won a prize for services to Commonwealth boxing at the British Boxing Board of Control’s annual awards dinner earlier this year.

McDonnell will be hoping 2014 sees him push further up the ratings as he looks to become world champion again after his title was stripped in controversial circumstances in October.

A potential route back to the IBF crown became a little clearer on Saturday night when the vacant title was won by Stuart Hall.

McDonnell beat Hall in 2011 and could be made mandatory challenger by the IBF.