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Jamie McDonnell Secures Kevin Sanders as New Trainer

Jamie McDonnell has linked up with new trainer Kevin Sanders as he builds toward a bantamweight world title shot in 2012.

McDonnell is edging closer to a fight against the division's top names after his September win over Stuart Hall secured the European, British and Commonwealth titles.

And the Doncaster man has now brought Sanders into his corner ahead of his European title defence against Malik Bouziane on 18 February.

Sanders, who trained Nigel Benn and Matt Skelton, told the Peterborough Evening Telegraph: "Jamie is a very accomplished fighter.

"He's got everything. He can box and he's a puncher but just needs to be taught a few more things to take him up to world title level.

"I've got to get him there and I am confident I can do it. We'll start work together early in January, initially in Peterborough and take it from there.

"Dennis Hobson looked at loads of trainers to do the job, but at the end of the day approached me and that's flattering."

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