Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Julio Ceja: McDonnell First, But I Still Want Santa Cruz

By Jake Donovan

The highlight of Julio Ceja’s weekend came the moment he knocked out Henry Maldonando inside of five rounds Saturday evening in Mexico to remain unbeaten.

That feat pales in comparison to the news he received on Tuesday afternoon.

Upon receiving notification of Leo Santa Cruz relinquishing his bantamweight title to move up in weight, the IBF ordered a vacant title fight between the next two highest rated contenders. Ceja is rated #3 in their bantamweight rankings, two spots behind England’s Jamie McDonnell, the #1 contender. The #2 spot is currently vacant.

"This is great news for me,” stated 20-year old Ceja (24-0, 22KO) when learning the news. “I am ready for become world champion at a very young age. My promoter will do everything possible to bring McDonnell to Mexico.”

Santa Cruz made three successful defenses of the crown, including a CBS-televised win over Alberto Guevara last December. The bout turned out to be his last at bantamweight, as his 5’7” frame has simply outgrown the division.

McDonnell (20-2-1, 9KO) was already due a title shot based on his 8th round stoppage win ver Darwin Zamora in their sanctioned final eliminator last October. The 26-year old Brit is currently riding a 12-fight win streak since suffering back to back losses five years ago.

Negotiations have begun between the camps, with a purse bid to be ordered if the two sides cannot come to terms within the next 30 days.

Ceja (24-0, 22KO) and his team have no intention of holding up progress in what will be his first world title shot, eager to literally travel the globe in order to reach such status.

"We are negotiating with McDonnell’s representatives,” confirmed Oswaldo Kuchle, Ceja’s manager. “The fight could happen in the UK, but we will do everything that is in Mexico. We know “El Pollito” has the ability and size to be world champion. We support him all the way, because we know he will be the new champion.”

Ceja picked up right where he left off following a terrific 2012 campaign. The baby-faced knockout artist went 6-0 (5KO) on the year, most of which came against former champs and contenders. His win on Saturday was his third straight knockout, while continuing to show improvement with each fight.

The latter part, Ceja insists, is attributed to his immediate access to one of the greatest trainers in boxing history.

“I feel very confident with Ignacio Beristain in my corner,” Ceja reveals. “It’s the right time for me to be World Champion.”

His fighting ego wishes that it comes against the absolute best. Still, there also comes with youth the benefit of time being on his side.

“I would have loved to fight Leo Santa Cruz,” Ceja admits. “But I know I will be here in boxing for a long time. I will definitely move up in weight classes in short period. But first, McDonell is next for me."

Jake Donovan is the Boxingscene.com Managing Editor, Records Keeper for Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and a voting member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by taansend on 02-13-2013

Is his nickname really the 'little chicken'? I don't know anything about him. Impressive record. This sounds like a classic boxer-puncher match up.

Comment by nycsmooth on 02-13-2013

if it happens Ceja takes him out w/in 5, even w/his porous defense...

Comment by apocalypto on 02-13-2013

Ceja has a weird jerky style. He is not the best boxer nor the worst. He seems to have real ko power and has shown it againts good fighters. He has a good future but gets tagged to much for…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 02-12-2013

Ceja vs. McDonnell is a pretty good scrap.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (4)
Top Headlines Video: Mikey Garcia Talks Lomachenko-Linares, Lipinets, More McGuigan: Groves' Shoulder is Massive Concern For Tournament DeGale To Eubank Jr: Now Go Crawl Back Under Your Rock! Photos: David Benavidez Hands a Pure Beating To Ronald Gavril Photos: Victor Ortiz, Devon Alexander Fight To Controversial Draw Photos: Danny Garcia Blasts Brandon Rios With a Monster Shot Thurman: Spence Can Beat Me? I Will Handle Him, Whoop His Ass! Photos: Groves Hands a Bloody Chris Eubank Jr. a Boxing Lesson Photos: Yordenis Ugas Stops Ray Robinson To Secure Spence Video: Brandon Rios Post-Fight Reaction To Knockout, More Video: Thurman, Porter Sit Down and Negotiate Rematch in Vegas Benavidez: I Was Told Gavril Suffered a Broken Jaw, Broken Nose Vincent Feigenbutz With Controversial TKO of Ryno Liebenberg Video: Angel Garcia Post-Fight Reaction To Rios Knockout, More Video: Danny Garcia Post-Fight Reaction To Rios Knockout, More Video: Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter- Confrontation in Las Vegas Photos: Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter - Face To Face, Trade Words Yordenis Ugas is Ready: I Want Errol Spence Next! Victor Ortiz Not Happy With Draw: I Did Enough To Win! Danny Garcia Drills a Very Game Brandon Rios in Ninth Danny Garcia vs. Brandon Rios - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard David Benavidez Beats Down Ronald Gavril, Wins Decision David Benavidez vs. Ronald Gavril II - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Yordenis Ugas Stops Ray Robinson in Seven, Secures Spence Shot Devon Alexander, Victor Ortiz Battle To a Majority Draw Benavidez Intends to ‘Destroy’ Gavril, Solidify Spot in Division Caleb Plant Easily Out-Boxes ‘Porky’ Medina, Remains Unbeaten Danny Garcia vs. Brandon Rios - CompuBox Historical Review Eubank Jr: Did I Underestimate George Groves? Maybe. Hamed Rips Eubank Jr: He Should Retire, Not at Level He Thinks He Is! George Groves vs. Chris Eubank - CompuBox Punch Stats Danny Garcia vs. Brandon Rios - LIVE Results From Las Vegas George Groves Decisions a Bloody Chris Eubank Jr. George Groves vs. Chris Eubank - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Alexander: My Power Surprises People; Ortiz Will Be No Different Ronald Gavril: I'm a Smarter, Stronger Fighter Than Benavidez Sauerland: I Want To See Best Fighting The Best Every Year! Tony Bellew Sides With Groves, Dave Coldwell Picks Eubank Groves vs. Eubank - LIVE Results From Manchester Lolenga Mock vs. John Ryder in Play For April
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement