Stuart Hall and Paul Butler provided a main event British bantamweight classic at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Saturday, June 7 and, while the scoring of the fight split the ringside judges, there was a winner – and a new world titlist as Butler was crowned IBF champ by way of majority decision.
Alan Dawson – London
Jamie McDonnell successfully defended his Commonwealth and European titles whilst adding the British bantamweight championship to his collection of belts due to a classy and gutsy performance over domestic rival Stuart Hall at the Doncaster Dome in Yorkshire on Saturday, September 3. The decision triumph showcased such improvements in McDonnell’s fighting style that promoter Frank Maloney claimed a world title shot is beckoning…
“I’m over the moon, they were 12 hard rounds [but] I know them last few rounds are what done him,” a delighted McDonnell (18-2-1, 7ko) informed Sky Sports after out-pointing 31-year-old Hall. “We had our gameplan and I started to find my feet, I had better movement and I found the last four rounds quite comfortable,” he said.
“Experience gave me the edge,” McDonnell continued, before likening Hall’s defeat to the split decision he dropped to Chris Edwards in 2007 in what was his first challenge for a British title in the super flyweight division. “I was a bit naive going in with Chris Edwards but it’s all about experience. I’ve done a few 12 rounders and that’s what clinched it.
“Hall is strong [and] I had to dig in. That’s the toughest strength I’ve [felt] coming forward [however] I’ve proved I’m the European champion.”
McDonnell’s accuracy, technical skillset and variety of punching are amongst the factors that saw him achieve victory, but Hall’s power punching also proved incapable of denting his chin. Hall, who suffered defeat for the first time, concurred with McDonnell’s assessment that 12 round experience also favoured the EBU titlist.
“I think it was a bit more experience that won him it,” said Stuey (11-1-1, 7ko). “I gave it a good go, I’m happy with my performance, there are a few things to learn on. I’ll be back. I’m a bit sad, but the better man won on the night.”
Maloney, indeed, agreed with Hall, claiming it will not be long before he reclaims supremacy in Britain, however, he said that McDonnell could well be thrust into world title contention as early as 2012. Maloney said: “Stuey can come back with a bit more experience and win the British title back.
“This boy [he nodded at McDonnell] is now one fight away from a world title fight.”
Alan Dawson – London
Jamie McDonnell added the British bantamweight championship to the Commonwealth and European (EBU) titles that he already owned due to a thrilling 12-round battle against powerful Stuart Hall. The first four rounds of the contest, staged at the Doncaster Dome in Yorkshire on Saturday, September 3, were fairly even, however, as the fight matured, so did McDonnell as he technically outclassed the erstwhile undefeated older man.
Judges decision: 115-113, 116-114, 116-113; unanimous decision to McDonnell.
British bantamweight champion Stuart Hall had the chance to annex his Lonsdale belt with the Commonwealth title as well as the EBU championship as he took on Jamie McDonnell in a 50/50 fight in front of a raucous audience in Doncaster. When the ring walks were made, the crowd leaped to their feet as a club-like and soccer-style hybrid reception filled the 1,200 capacity dome.
When both fighters received instruction from the third man in the ring, McDonnell attempted to intimidate Hall by peering down on Hall from point-blank range. McDonnell had the advantages… the home crowd, the experience and the physical edge and all three were made aware to Hall before the chime of the opening bell as McDonnell’s entourage lifted the Commonwealth and European titles higher than Hall’s British belt.
The opening stanza was a battle of the jabs. Hall was able to stick a crisp right onto McDonnell but midway through the round he was beaten to the jab and uppercutted. McDonnell also found success with a one-two punch move but Hall’s right hand again crept through to his skull. The right uppercut proved the most useful tool for McDonnell in the first round as he again landed it just before the break. He also hit Hall with acute left hooks to the body.
Like the first, the second round began with jab warfare. McDonnell maintained a peek-a-book guard and used good foot movement to keep Hall aware… while Hall sought to keep his solitary jab fresh, McDonnell unleashed two punch moves. McDonnell appeared the more active fighter, yet Hall was sending crunching overhand rights toward the home fighter’s head.
A barnburner erupted in the third round as both fighters traded vicious shots. Hall seemed to be able to accept McDonnell’s heavier leather and sent his own variety the EBU champion’s way; the uppercut, directed to the chin from the inside with the right, sent McDonnell’s head tilting back. McDonnell’s earmuffs did not block all of Hall’s head-bound punching and he wasn’t able to provide much in the way of a return.
McDonnell’s footwork and chin had kept him in it for the opening three but it was Hall who was largely boxing on the front-foot and he was able to pepper his opponent’s chin at will, with the jab and also the uppercut. For the first time in the fight, he gave McDonnell’s body some attention, sending punishing left hands to McDonnell’s right hand side. Hall was in the ascendancy… he was active and accurate but McDonnell was winning the jabbing contest and his hand-speed was awesome. The Doncaster favourite finished the round strongly with a brace of body shots.
McDonnell began the fifth round by landing a solid one-two combo upstairs. Midway through the round Hall enjoyed arguably his greatest work of the fight up to that point as he trapped McDonnell against his own corner and worked him over, not allowing him to box his way out of trouble. McDonnell responded well, though and fired back in the round’s final minute. Like the fourth, McDonnell finished the round well as Hall threw more, but missed more.
Hall doubled up on the jab in the sixth, kept his elbows tucked in to provide a safety net against any incoming body shot and his gloves tight to his chin. For the first half of the round he was able to control the fight with the jab alone. McDonnell, though, landed his one-two but the third, a hook shot, was parried off the arm of Hall. McDonnell again finished the round looking the superior fighter and the greater technician.
McDonnell caught Hall off-balance during the seventh’s genesis as, in a rare moment, Hall was forced to take a step back after an exchange of uppercuts on the inside. Hall sent a powerful hook shot from mid-range that caught McDonnell on the temple. The leit motif of his obvious misses that had become all too apparent since round four was prevalent again in the seventh. At the round’s end, McDonnell landed a beautiful three-punch move, landing shots to each side of Hall’s body, before thumping him in the face.
The edge that McDonnell had enjoyed in the middle rounds turned into a schooling in round eight as Hall was forced to take an overhand right to his left cheek, an uppercut to his chin, a succession of jabs to the head, a right hook to the left side of his body… this, while Hall sent sporadic replies that punished nothing but the air in the space that McDonnell used to be. McDonnell’s punch accuracy and ring movement was superb and he had his vocal fans on their feet.
When Hall, who was clearly under the impression he needed a big round perhaps including a knockdown, came out to attack with venom in the ninth, McDonnell’s response was to keep a tight guard that would only serve to frustrate the defending British champion further.
Another fan-friendly exchange broke out at the beginning of the tenth round and Hall was on his back within the opening minute, however, the referee correctly ruled it as a slip. Hall hit McDonnell with a thunderous right hand but McDonnell’s reply was strong as he clipped Hall with an uppercut on the inside as well as one-two combos from mid-range. Hall had won the ninth based on aggression, but his power was not enough to take the tenth as McDonnell’s effective flurrying was highly-commendable.
Hall had contested in bouts slated for 12 rounds before, but he had managed to stop his opponents inside the distance and so seeing the ring girl hold up a board with 11 on it was unfamiliar territory for 31-year-old who fights out of Darlington. McDonnell maintained his control in the penultimate round and, when Hall retreated to his red corner at the round’s end, claret streamed out of a minor cut above his left eye.
When Hall jabbed in the twelfth, McDonnell dug his overhand right into Hall’s head. The reigning European titlist used the full space of the ring as Hall was unable to cut the ring off and pin him down. McDonnell was determined to finish with a bang and landed quality combination punching onto Hall’s chin in what was perhaps the move of the whole night.
The crowd were fierce in their support, they had witnessed a helluva contest where both men gave their all, yet the three belts on the line deserved to be wrapped around the waist of McDonnell. With the victory, McDonnell rose to 18-2-1, 7ko while Hall dropped to 11-1-1, 7ko.
Tommy Barber – London
Speaking on the eve of his showdown with domestic bantamweight rival Stuart Hall, EBU and Commonwealth titlist Jamie McDonnell cast an eye over the main players within the international 118lb weight class and claimed he has the physical advantages to cause an upset over “the king” Nonito Donaire. He also diminished the talent and achievements of undefeated Mexican; Abner Mares, labeling the 25-year-old as nothing special.
“I feel the best I’ve ever done and I’ve said to people that if I can’t beat Stuey Hall feeling like this then I might as well jack in [quit],” McDonnell (17-2-1, 7ko) explained to Boxing News Online. “I’m not going to let him beat me because if he does the dream is over and there’ll be nothing for me to fight for anymore.”
McDonnell, who is the incumbent of the EBU and Commonwealth titles, takes on Hall – the British champion, on Saturday, September 3 at the Doncaster Dome in Doncaster. All three domestic and continental belts will be on the line and McDonnell is eager to become the first to defeat Hall as it will help elevate his own name in Britain while pushing him further up the global ranks.
“I think a win will make me in Britain,” he said. “After beating Stuey Hall I don’t think there’ll be anyone out there who can call me out anymore. Hopefully I can go on and win a world title after this fight.”
McDonnell, 25, who – at 5’8 – is relatively tall for a bantamweight, continued: “I’d like to fight someone in the top five and maybe get an eliminator. [Unified WBO/WBC titlist] Nonito Donaire is a bit special but like everyone else he’s got two arms and two legs. I’m a big bantamweight so there’s no reason why I can’t go out and cause an upset.”
McDonnell would also fancy his chances against Mares, who recently took Joseph Agbeko the distance, edging the Ghanaian on points in a highly-controversial distance fight. Mares became the IBF titlist, however, a rematch has been ordered due to the barrage of unpunished lowblows that Mares inflicted onto Agbeko. Having studied that fight, McDonnell fails to see the greatness.
“I’ve been watching all the top bantamweights. I saw Abner Mares’ fight with Agbeko and he’s got a good work rate but I don’t think he’s that special. Donaire is the king. Everyone above me in the WBC rankings is top class and I’ve only got to beat one of them to get to be in with a shot at titles”.
J.G Barrington – New York
IBF International Heavyweight title: Tomasz Adamek – UD – Kevin McBride [120-107, 119-108, 119-108]
Notes – Adamek dominated Irishman McBride over 12 rounds in what is most likely a tune-up for his September fracas with a Klitschko. Adamek, who is a ‘short’ heavyweight at 6’1.5 had little trouble locating a target much taller than he as McBride is measured at 6’6. McBride was deducted a point in the seventh due to holding. Embedded video above showcases a highlight reel from the fight (source – Youtube, Vvideostudio).
Heavyweight: Danny Williams – 1st Rd KO – Laszlo Toth
Notes – Prevented from boxing in his native England by the British Boxing Board of Control, Williams fights under his acronym of DPW. He made his opponent, Toth, look as much of a palooka as his previous adversary, Roth, winning his second successive early knockout victory in Germany.
Notes – In a particularly strange encounter, Gevor was disqualified from his bout with Stieglitz due to an apparent clash of heads… or maybe it was the UFC style throw to the canvas that was a case of both men pushing their say, rather than Gevor getting disgruntled. He even attacked the referee. Stieglitz retained his WBO belt. For a video of the complete fight click here.
Notes – In the first major stunner of the weekend, experienced Rubio dropped Lemieux, ruining the Canadian’s unblemished record. Rubio is now the mandatory challenger for the WBC strap at middleweight, which could mean a dust-up with the winner of Sebastian Zbik and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr or Sergio Martinez. For a video of the complete fight click here.
Notes – In another shock upset for the weekend, unheralded Japanese middleweight Ishida, 35, obliterated previously undefeated James Kirkland in a single round. Ishida thrice knocked Kirkland down before referee Joe Cortez called off the fight – much to the dismay of the loser. For scorecard, round summary, video and reaction of the Kirkland kayo, click here.
Welterweight: Paulie Malignaggi – UD – Jose Miguel Cotto [99-11, 99-91, 97-93]
Notes – Magic Man Malignaggi pulled out one of the most aggressive performances of his career as, even though he was never going to knock Jose Cotto out, he toyed with the Puerto Rican – successfully seeking revenge for losing a unanimous decision to sibling Miguel Cotto five years ago. For scorecard and round by round summary click here. For post-fight reaction click here.
Interim WBA World Super Lightweight title: Marcos Maidana – MD – Erik Morales [116-112, 116-112, 114-114]
Notes – Morales stood up to Maidana’s power and relentlessness while dishing back beautiful combinations. For the second successive year, Maidana is involved in a Fight of the Year candidate (three if you include his kayo win over Victor Ortiz). An ugly swelling caused one of Morales’ eyes to close so he fought 11 rounds like a cyclops. They must do a rematch. For scorecard and round by round summary click here. For post-fight reaction click here.
Super Lightweight: Danny Garcia – UD – Nate Campbell [100-90, 99-91, 98-92]
Notes – Campbell suffered successive defeat as Garcia bettered him in every single round according to one of the judge’s scorecards. The Philly boxer maintained an unbeaten record in one of three untelevised bouts at the Action Heroes event at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Interim WBA/WBO World Lightweight title: Robert Guerrero – UD – Michael Katsidis [118-106, 118-107, 117-108]
Notes – Guerrero looked a league above Katsidis, putting on a boxing clinic. He almost won every round had it not been for a late surge from Mick. The Aussie found great success with scything body shots which begs the question why he didn’t continue with that tactic. Guerrero will now most likely be matched up with a world champion. For scorecard and round by round summary click here. For post-fight reaction click here.
WBC World Super Featherweight title: Toshiaki Nishioka – 9th Rd KO – Mauricio Javier Munoz
Notes – As expected, Nishioka preserved his world champion status with a knockout victory over a tough Argentine who had only been twice defeated before. Nishioka won the bout with a flush left hook followed up with another brutal left to finish the job with just moments left in the 9th. “I think I galvanised Japan a little bit when the country is facing so many problems,” Nishioka beamed after the bout.
WBC World Featherweight title: Jhonny Gonzalez – 4th Rd TKO Hozumi Hasegawa
Notes – Gonzalez scored his eight successive kayo victory after losing by knockout to Nishioka. Hasegawa was down in the 4th and lost the WBC belt that he had only just won. Hasegawa demonstrated good speed to start, however, Gonzalez’s power proved too much for the Japanese featherweight.
British Bantamweight title: Stuart Hall – 5th Rd TKO – John Donnelly
Notes – Hall continued his command over the domestic bantamweight division in Britain with another stoppage, this time over Donnelly. Hall rises to 11-0-0 with 7 knockouts within that spell. Donnelly faced a count in the fourth and two again in the following round before the fight was called off.
WBO Female Super Featherweight title: Ramona Kuehne – UD – Arleta Krausova [118-112, 116-113, 113-115]
Notes – Female German super featherweight superstar Kuehne is as good as she is beautiful and once again she successfully defended three titles; one of them a world title. Krausova was a little known prospect having fought just three times but Kuehne had all the answers and took yet another woman’s zero.