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Hearn, Haymon In Talks For McDonnell vs. Rodriguez

By Shaun Brown

Eddie Hearn and Al Haymon are in talks for Jamie McDonnell (27-2-1, 12 KOs) to defend his WBA World bantamweight title against Puerto Rico’s Emmanuel Rodriguez (14-0, 10 KOs) in America.

McDonnell was one of 2015’s star performers with back to back victories over the favoured Tomoki Kameda in the second and third defences of his title.

The fighting Yorkshireman upset the apple cart with an impressive unanimous decision win back in May before repeating the feat even more convincingly in September.

The 29-year-old twin brother to Gavin McDonnell, who recently vacated his European super bantamweight title, has seen his stock rise considerably thanks to those wins and could be facing his third consecutive fight in America.

McDonnell's promoter Eddie Hearn told Boxing Scene: “We have no problem in going to the States. Jamie will fight anyone. My instructions from Jamie is: ‘Get me the most money you can and I don’t care where it is. Just send me’”.

Rodriguez, 23 and ranked four with the WBA is unbeaten in his 14 professional starts since turning over to the paid ranks in 2012. Al Haymon added Rodriguez to his stable back in September.

Rodriguez was a silver medallist at the 2010 AIBA Youth World Championships and a gold medallist at the Youth Olympic Games (where he was Puerto Rico's flag bearer) that same year. Rodriguez made history at the Games when he became the first Puerto Rican to become flyweight champion in the event's history.

Last time out he made it five wins in a row inside the distance when stopping Eliecer Aquino in Hialeah, Florida – his first pro fight outside of his homeland. Rodriguez was defending his WBA Fedelatin bantamweight title and picked up the WBC Latino belt in the process.

Shaun Brown is Boxing Scene’s UK News Editor. Follow him on Twitter @sbrown2pt0 Contact him at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PrBoxing88 on 02-23-2016

I read pp'l here writing off Emmanuel Rodriguez, ya dont know shyt, this dude is the real deal and just like Verdejo is a outstanding prospect, ya'll gonna see, I Got Manny Rodriguez beating McDunnel in any way TKO or…

Comment by Fetta on 01-02-2016

I like the fight! Make ie happen

Comment by gauchomalo on 01-02-2016

Rodriquez will be a second hand champion if he beats MacDonnell , payano is the real WBA champion even if he sucks, these secondary supposed regular champions from the WBA are a joke.just like fortuna a paper champion at 130.

Comment by tiliheels on 01-02-2016

[quote=the conundrum;16365577]mcdonnell 2-0 kameda. Julio ceja got whooped too just like kameda. 2 time world champion, ibf & wba. Americans just love giving mcdonnell that easy money[/quote] mcdonnel is an interm champ not a real champ lol..he has payano's baby…

Comment by fredhopple on 01-02-2016

Hearn should not be in the stench of Al slime Haymon ever.

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