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Jamie McDonnell celebrates retaining his European bantamweight title against Stephane Jamoye at the Doncaster Dome on Saturday night (22 January 2011).
Jamie McDonnell celebrates retaining his European bantamweight title against Stephane Jamoye at the Doncaster Dome on Saturday night (22 January 2011).
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HATFIELD bantamweight king Jamie McDonnell is heading straight to the gym from his holiday in Mexico as preparations for his triple title scrap with Stuey Hall, in September, begin.

The 25-year-old penned the deal with Hall before jetting off, sealing a highly-anticipated clash for the European, Commonwealth and British title crowns at Doncaster Dome on September 3.

And he intends to be fully ready for Darlington’s unbeaten British champion.

McDonnell said: “Now I’m back I’ll be in strict training because, although I know I’m going to be the first man to beat Stuart Hall, I can’t afford to leave anything to chance.

“He’s a strong lad, but I know I’m a lot stronger and, when it gets to the second half of the fight, I’m going to destroy him.

“I’m not underestimating him for one minute, because he doesn’t know what it’s like to lose.

“But he’ll know all right when we get it on.

“I’ve got a world top ten ranking, which he hasn’t, so at one time I didn’t think it was worth fighting him.

“But since I said that he’s been on television virtually saying I’m avoiding him - and I don’t want that.

“If he wants it, he can have it and we’ll see what he’s got then.

“I’m really looking forward to the fight.

“In fact I’m buzzing already, especially with it being at home in Doncaster.”

Winning the bout would likely propel McDonnell on to the world stage as well as surpassing the achievements of other Doncaster boxing greats Bruce Woodcock and Billy Thompson.

Currently he stands level with the two after three European title fight victories following his gruelling points win over Stephane Jamoye at the Dome in January.

The bout between McDonnell and 32-year-old Hall will be the biggest match ever held in Doncaster and will be live on Sky.