Exclusive: JJ McDonagh willing to rematch Jake Ball in a title bout

Joe Hewlett 26/03/2017

Jake Ball got back to winning ways at York Hall as he was victorious in a first-round stoppage over Olegs Fedotovs. It took just 58 seconds for the light-heavyweight to emerge victorious over the Latvian.

Eddie Hearn spoke post-fight to insist that he wants Ball to avenge his loss to JJ McDonagh at some point this year.

McDonagh defeated Ball in November which lasted just one-round and is open to the rematch later this year.

“My name was mentioned after his most recent fight and I’d be delighted to do the rematch. I don’t think Jake Ball can handle the pressure,” McDonagh exclusively told World Boxing News.

“He was saying afterwards that he had overlooked me but that’s nonsense because in the press conference prior to the fight he was saying how this fight between us was the hardest fight in his career so far.

“When I fought him it was at short notice, I got a phone call a week before and originally declined it as I wasn’t fit enough to last 10 rounds. They got back to me and told me it was going to be for the vacant WBA international title so I then agreed to the fight. I went in there thinking I’d try my best and knock him out quickly and that’s what happened.”

The Irishman is set to move down to super-middleweight next month but is prepared to fight Ball at light-heavyweight if the incentives are right.

McDonagh has dismissed the chances of Ball reigning supreme if the duo fight again and took a dig at the prospects recent choice of opponents.

“All of his fights before and after me have been the same Jake Ball. There has been no improvement as he has taken on punchbags. Anyone can look great hitting a punchbag because they don’t hit back but when you take on someone who can punch like myself – then it’s different.

“I’m going into the WBA super-middleweight rankings next month. If I fight Ball again it’ll have to be at light-heavyweight though as I think he’s too big for super-middleweight. But there must be a title on the line for me to fight him. My manager has told me I will be fighting somewhere in London next in May,” he said.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95