Hobson: Third party influence ‘catastrophic’ for Jamie McDonnell

Dennis Hobson (left) on the night Jamie McDonnell won his world title.
Dennis Hobson (left) on the night Jamie McDonnell won his world title.

Dennis Hobson believes the influence of ‘third parties’ has cost Jamie McDonnell his IBF world title.

The Hatfield bantamweight was stripped of his crown by the IBF on Friday as a result of a failure to return contracts for a mandatory defence by the required deadline.

McDonnell declared his intent to split with long time manager Hobson a fortnight ago, citing a lack of in-ring action as the main reason.

And Sheffield-based Hobson has broken his recent silence with a statement from his Dennis Hobson Promotions company.

The statement alleges McDonnell has broken his contractual relationship with the company and describes the impact of dealing with third parties as ‘catastrophic’ for the 27-year-old.

It said: ““We understand that the IBF have vacated Jamie McDonnell’s title as bantamweight champion because he failed to comply with a resolution of the IBF Board of Directors.

“It is sad that Jamie McDonnell has been stripped of his World Title, especially when, in partnership with Dennis Hobson Promotions, he was able to achieve his boxing ambitions and become world champion at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster on 11 May 2013.

“It was a fabulous night for Jamie, for his team, and for British boxing, and we were particularly pleased when Jamie was gracious enough to say that he would not have become world champion without the team at Dennis Hobson Promotions.

“Unfortunately, in recent weeks Jamie has allowed third parties to influence him, to advise him and to make representations on his behalf – without any reference to us.

“This is in clear contravention of the contractual relationship he has with Dennis Hobson Promotions.

“The consequences of such unauthorised influence, advice and representations by these third parties have obviously, with today’s news, been catastrophic for Jamie.”

The British Boxing Board of Control told the Star Hobson has made a complaint against McDonnell and a hearing would be held to determine any contractual wrong-doing.