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IBF Rejects Appeal of McDonnell To Reclaim His Title

By Terence Dooley

The IBF have stated that Jamie McDonnell has failed in his appeal against their decision to strip him of his IBF bantamweight title for failing to tie down his mandatory defence against Vusi Malinga, which was due by November 11.  The IBF confirmed that they had maintained their decision after an appeal was heard earlier today.  The decision is based on their stipulation that a fighter who wins a vacant IBF title must make their first mandatory defence within six months.

McDonnell won his belt by decisioning Julio Ceja at Doncaster's Keepmoat Stadium in May.  The 27-year-old has since announced his intention to sever all ties with Dennis Hobson, who guided McDonnell to the world title and recently stated that he will seek to ensure that McDonnell honours their agreement.  Dennis Hobson Promotions also stated that they were in the process of finalising the defence against Malinga only for McDonnell to dispute this claim earlier this evening.

It leaves the Malinga, 21-4-1 (12), and Darlinton's Stuart Hall, 15-2-1 (7), who is managed by Hobson and is ranked at number three by the IBF, eying McDonnell's former crown.

One thing's for sure, McDonnell doesn't hold a world title anymore and will find himself in the bemusing and bitter position of having to wait in line for another crack at a belt he didn't lose in the ring.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bodyshot3 on 10-23-2013

Hopefully Hearn will look after Jamie and get him back into the ring and fighting at world-level sooner, rather than later. With a bit of luck this is will turn out to be a bit of short-term pain for some…

Comment by Mr Ehrmantraut on 10-23-2013

:lol1: Dennis Hobson has literally pulled McDonnell's pants down in front of the entire boxing community. Stuart Hall gets a shot at his vacant title :lol1:. Taken right out of the Frank Warren play book.

Comment by Tomato cans on 10-23-2013

This sucks balls big time. Ibf and all of the organisations are gangsters. I have followed McDonnell a long time and he has really earned that belt. Not his falt his incompetent promotor cant put togeter a defence for him.…

Comment by giacomino on 10-22-2013

So two mid-level fighters (Ranked #38th nd 40th by boxrec) who aren't even the best bantamweights in their own countries will vie for the IBF title. Jesus the alphabet boys suck. "Champion" is a meaningless word in boxing these days

Comment by Drunk Punch on 10-22-2013

Very harsh.even worse if Hobson's other fighter gets a crack at it

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