Spanish exam for Doncaster’s Jamie

Jamie McDonnell celebrates after stopping Ivan Pozo. Picture Trevor Price
Jamie McDonnell celebrates after stopping Ivan Pozo. Picture Trevor Price

Jamie McDonnell will aim to end a difficult year on a high when he faces Spanish fighter Abigail Medina in London on Saturday night.

The Hatfield bantamweight is in action for the second time in three weeks as Matchroom Boxing chief Eddie Hearn aims to keep him busy ahead of a push next year to become world champion once again.

Once Saturday’s eight round bout at the ExCel Centre in London is done, attention will turn to the clash between Stuart Hall and Vusi Malinga who meet on December 21 for the IBF world title of which McDonnell was stripped.

The 27-year-old is still waiting to discover where the IBF will position him in the ratings following his stripping and is hopeful he will be named the mandatory challenger to the winner of the Hall-Malinga clash.

McDonnell’s latest in-ring test comes in the form of another natural flyweight after he stopped former WBO title challenger Bernard Inom after seven rounds in Manchester last month.

Medina has picked up nine victories in his 13 fights to date, stopping five opponents.

But the 25-year-old was convincingly beaten on his first real test, losing on points over ten rounds against Russian bantamweight Nikolay Potapov in May.

Barcelona-based Medina was scheduled to face hot bantamweight prospect Kal Yafai in Manchester on the same night McDonnell beat Inom but failed to make the weight.

Rossington’s Maxi Hughes is back in action on Friday night at iceSheffield against Gloucester’s Andrew Harris.