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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