SHEFFIELD boxing promoter Dennis Hobson today paid tribute to the loyalty of Doncaster’s Jamie McDonnell after the European champion signed a new three-year contract with him.
Fight Academy boss Hobson said that there was precious little attachment and transparency between sportsmen and their promoters or employers these days.
“But Jamie is different - you don’t often see loyalty like he has shown in our game, or the rest of sport for that matter,” said the businessman.
“Jamie is 25, has defended his European Commonweath and British bantamweight titles successfully and now we are getting ready to take him to the next stage.
“He’s number six in the world with the WBC. We see him very much in the Clinton Woods mould - someone who is a delight to work with and can perhaps become a world champion one day.”
That’s not going to be easy, particularly in the 8st 6lbs division.
“That division has been ruled for years by fighters from the Far East and South America,” admitted Hobson.
“It is not a natural weight for any European boxer, to be honest.
“Can Jamie win a world title? Well, we will never know if we don’t try. It means doing what we did with Clinton. He went Philadelphia to experience other styles and it really added to his knowledge.
“Jamie has been to Miami and we want to send him overseas again to further his education and make sure he gets the best possible preparation.
“The good thing about Jamie is that he is improving all the time - I really cannot tell exactly how good he can be.
“But that was the same feeling I had when Clinton started to get better and better - let’s hope it goes the same way.”
The Hatfield boxer (W18, L2, D1) expects to fight Frenchman Malik Bouziane, 33, in his next European defence, possibly at the Adwick Leisure Centre, on December 10.
He will hope to improve on his 33 per cent KO ratio.
Meanwhile, Mexborough middleweight Stuart Brookes makes a comeback to boxing on Friday at Doncaster Dome. He has not boxed since March 2008.