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As confirmed by Dennis Hobson

@Dennis_Hobson: @JamieMcdonnell1 vs Julio Ceja
The fight is going out live on Primetime pay per view for those unable to get there

Strange one, that. Thought BoxNation would have picked it up

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People like McDonnell getting shafted by Sky signing a one promoter deal.

Boxnation can't pick up them all.
McDonnell's last fight was on Sky, I'm sure it could have been fitted in if his team wanted that, I'm surprised it's not on the undercard of Khan's fight tbg. Might have meant a few less empty seats.

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Jamie McDonnell promoter Dennis Hobson hits out at Matchroom-Sky Sports television 'monopoly'

Promoter Dennis Hobson believes that Sky Sports' refusal to deal with anyone but Matchroom Sport is "crippling" the sport in this country and has described their partnership as "akin to a monopoly".

Hobson, who oversaw David Haye's early-career fights and Ricky Hatton world title fights in both the UK and US, is preparing to bring world championship boxing to Doncaster for the first time on May 11 but cannot find a television deal for his 8st 6lb fighter Jamie McDonnell.

He told Telegraph Sport on Monday that the Matchroom Sport-Sky Sports partnership was "akin to a monopoly which is damaging other promotions". He added that "if you need a Masonic handshake to get a fight on television, then we are in danger of the boxers' futures being affected in the long term".

Matchroom Sport, with a powerful, growing stable, has the only promotional deal in boxing with Sky Sports, which includes 20 fight nights annually. The contract is expected to be renewed in June. Two years ago, Sky had deals with several promoters.

"It doesn't help anybody that only Matchroom Sport have the deal with Sky Sports," said Hobson. "They should have at least two promoters dealing with them and you should be able to deal with them directly, not be asked to go through Matchroom Sport when you contact them."

Hobson had been hopeful of getting a Sky date through Matchroom, but the timing of the fight has conspired against them. On May 11, Matchroom-promoted Ricky Burns defends his World Boxing Organisation lightweight title against his mandatory challenger Jose Gonzalez on Sky.

Elsewhere, Channel 5 released a statement two weeks ago in which it stated there would be no boxing "for the time being".

Hobson has invested heavily to host the fight at Doncaster Rovers' ground, which is set up for 10,000 fans. McDonnell, 27, has worked his way up to become the
No 1 bantamweight with the International Boxing Federation and will meet the sanctioning body's No 3-ranked fighter Julio Ceja, of Mexico.

McDonnell has 20 victories, two losses and one draw. Ceja, a dangerous, attacking fighter, has 22 stoppages in an unbeaten 24-fight career.

"I've put a lot into this," Hobson explained. "This is a major opportunity for Jamie in both his career and his life. I've secured home advantage against an unbeaten Mexican, the first world title fight ever to be staged in Doncaster, and we are looking at turning it into an event. To not have a television deal for him is annoying and disheartening.

"The situation as it is will really affect boxers' purses, especially the ones who have worked their way up to world title level. With two promoters the situation would be different, with managers able to negotiate a better deal for their kid.

"We will talk to BoxNation, the boxing subscription channel, too, but if I have to, I'll film the fight myself, and put it on Primetime, a pay-per-view channel on Sky."
Eddie Hearn head of Matchroom Boxing told Telegraph Sport last night: "Since the start of our new contract a little over six months ago, we worked with a number of promoters and we intend to keep that trend.

"Last October we provided the opportunity and platform for Dennis Hobson when his charge Jamie McDonnell boxed in an IBF final eliminator on a Kell Brook show and only last Saturday on our show in Liverpool, Ricky Hatton's Jazza Dickens fought for the English SB title and Dave Coldwell's Derry Matthews challenged Ricky Hatton's Anthony Crolla in a FOTY rematch.

"It's not about taking control its about delivering a quality product for our broadcaster and I'm talking to a number of promoters about working with them and their fighters."

A spokesman for Sky Sports told Telegraph Sport last night: "It is not about which promoter. For Sky it is about putting the best quality boxing on screen for our subscribers."

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It's a tenner.


Dennis Hobson has pulled out all the stops to make history; with the Sheffield promoter securing home advantage for Jamie McDonnell as he attempts to become Doncaster's first ever world champion.

Jamie, 27, will clash with big-punching Mexican, Julio Ceja, on May 11 at the Keepmoat Stadium, with the winner picking up the vacant IBF world bantamweight crown.

Unbeaten Ceja, 20, enters the contest with a formidable record, having knocked out 22 of his 24 opponents, but Hobson believes that McDonnell will ultimately prevail in a terrific scrap.

With just over a fortnight to go before first bell, Dennis has also just announced that the whole show, which features a series of quality bouts - including Darlington's Stuart Hall against highly-rated American Sergio Perales for the IBF Inter-Continental bantamweight belt - will be televised live by Primetime TV.

Hear more from Dennis:

How are tickets sales going?

Tickets are going well. We've sold about 4000 up to now and are hoping to sell at least 7000. It will be a fantastic atmosphere.

The reason I've taken the punt with this event is to give Jamie the best opportunity to become world champion. Obviously he'd be Doncaster's first world champion and we wanted to do something that's all about making history.

Tell us about the television deal you've struck for the show?

I did an article a while ago in The Telegraph where, it's not really sour grapes but just the fact that Sky [Sports] have gone with just the one promoter and it's created a monopoly. So unless you dance to their tune you're out in the cold.

We spoke to Boxnation and a few other broadcasters but the thing is that Doncaster Rovers couldn't put this event on any other Saturday because it's the only time they could let us use the pitch before they rip it up and re-lay it, so we were looking at history making being called off. So we're going with Primetime, but I'm paying for all the production. So really, all I'm doing is buying airtime from Primetime; it's my production.

Primetime is on Sky Channel 498 and anybody who has ever bought anything from Primetime, that's 200,000 people they've got on membership, all they have to do is press the red button. It's as easy as that. Anyone that's not registered before just needs to go to Primetime's website.

This is a proper world title fight. Even the chief support is a fantastic fight which could top any bill. The whole card is quality, so whether people can make it to the actual event or not, the next best thing is to pay £10 to be guaranteed to be entertained. It'll be a money back guarantee from me because if they're not entertained I'll give their tenner back!

How tough a fight does Jamie have against Julio Ceja?

They're billing this kid as the next big thing out of Mexico. He's an absolute superstar in Mexico and he's exciting because he's undefeated, 24 wins with 22 knockouts, which is scary. But Jamie is made of sterner stuff than to be worried about anyone's record.

Styles do make fights and this is a fight that can't fail to be quality. Jamie's never been found wanting for bravery. We want him to box to orders and box this kid but at the same time we want him to, at any opportunity, sting this kid to soften him up a bit. So there are going to be some exciting exchanges.

What's your prediction?

I think Jamie will outbox him with his movement. I also think people underestimate Jamie's punch power and I think Jamie will end up stopping this kid late on.

How important has Dave Hulley, Jamie's full-time trainer, been in the build-up?

Dave (pictured middle, alongside Jamie and Dennis) has gone onto another level as a trainer and he's shown his commitment to the cause, and to Jamie, by staying with him and making sure he gets the right food at the right time, gets up at the right time, etc.

I can't praise Dave enough. He's turning into a top trainer and that's what you need, someone who's totally committed, if you're going to get to the top. There are no short cuts and Dave's making sure Jamie doesn't take any, and that's the reason why we've got a great chance of winning the world title. I'm really happy to be working with Dave and I respect him. He's a proper fella' and straight down the line.

What fight is the pick of the undercard for you?

There are great fights right through the card. There is a local scrap between an undefeated kid called Jamie Sampson, and Lee Connelly. I know it's only going to be six-threes but that's a great scrap.

Jason Ball will come and have a pop at Lewis Taylor but I think Lewis will weather the storm. You'll always get excitement with the heavyweights and Dave Allen and Carl Spencer are both very capable and have both got different styles. I think this kid who Carl Spencer is fighting will come and have a go. I'm also looking forward to the English title fight with Jason Cunningham.

So there are great fights, and not just from a purist's point of view. There might even be people who are not bothered about boxing but like to come to an event - and this is a really exciting, big event. It's got all the ingredients to be really special. We've got entertainment on. My daughter, who was on The Voice last Saturday and sung for Ricky Hatton in Vegas, will be singing the national anthem, and there'll be celebrities and personalities as well.

So it's a family event and it's going to be a carnival atmosphere. If Jamie does the business it's going to be a massive celebration for Doncaster, and for the rest of Britain, because it's a British kid coming good who has done it the hard way.

Dennis Hobson Promotions presents 'Making History' featuring Jamie McDonnell versus Julio Ceja for the vacant IBF world bantamweight title at Doncaster's Keepmoat Stadium on May 11.

The undercard for the show will include Stuart Hall and Sergio Perales contesting the IBF inter-continental bantamweight title; Dronfield's Lewis Taylor defending his International Masters (Bronze) middleweight title against Jason Ball; Doncaster's Jason Cunningham fighting for the English flyweight title; Doncaster heavyweights Dave 'The White Rhino' Allen and Carl Spencer; and Sheffield's Jamie Sampson.

For ticket information visit or call the ticket hotline on 0844 324 5590.


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Whats the undercard, i probably woudn't pay a fiver for this fight on its own, nevermind a tenner.

Does McDonnell have anywhere near the fanbase to risk PPV, i don't think anyone besides the hardcore have heard of him tbh.
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