McDonnell set for title defence

HATFIELD boxing king Jamie McDonnell is set to defend his Commonwealth title against a tough-as-teak Kenyan at the end of the month.

But fans of the bantamweight star, who is also the European champion, will have to travel to Sheffield for the fight which will top the bill at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre on May 28.

McDonnell will face Nick Otieno who has won 21 of his 27 fights, and has never been stopped.

Otieno looks set to provide a tough test for McDonnell.

The Kenyan - who grew up in the Nairobi slums - only turned professional at the age of 32, though he quickly made a name for himself.

But, if 25-year-old McDonnell comes through the test, he could be on course for a dream world title tilt next year.

Joint trainers Stefy Bull and Dave Hulley would like McDonnell to have two more European defences before taking on the world.

And unbeaten British champion Stuart Hall could be next in line in a lucrative domestic dust up in September.

Bull said: “Hall has been calling Jamie out and, if he wants the fight, he can have it because there would only be one winner.”

Also on the bill will be McDonnell’s twin brother Gavin who is looking for his fourth straight win since turning professional when he meets veteran Doncaster fighter Andy Roberts.