WBA correct Jamie McDonnell title situation following Eddie Hearn intervention

WBN 08/12/2017

Jamie McDonnell remains the WBA bantamweight champion under the insistence of promoter Eddie Hearn.

The WBA had officially announced McDonnell relinquishing the WBA ‘regular’ strap before Hearn jumped in to correct the situation.

McDonnell putting the breaks on a move up to super-bantamweight comes after trainer Dave Coldwell had already stated their intention to move up the necessary four pounds.

Coldwell said last month: “Jamie had an absolutely fantastic run at bantamweight and there was no doubt that he was one of the very best in the world.

“The last couple of fights have seen him really struggle with the weight and although he’s been ok on the scales, we don’t want the concern that it might eventually catch up with him.

“We’ve basically outgrown the weight and I know Jamie is going to be a much better fighter when he’s more comfortable at the weight and I can’t wait to see him get there.

“There’s massive fights ahead for him and I can’t wait to help plot the next move for him.

“It’s been a brilliant last few years for Jamie at bantamweight and it’s a shame we couldn’t finish with a win, but there’s many more big nights ahead for him.”

In correction to their earlier release, the World Boxing Association have now stated the following: “Englishman Jamie McDonnell retains his World Boxing Association (WBA) Bantamweight championship. Even though the European boxer is studying the possibility of going up a division, it is not a final decision.

“For that reason, he is still the Champion at 118 pounds. McDonnel has six defenses of his current World title, being the most notable ones his two fights against Tomoki Kameda.”

Speculation is now growing that Hearn may want to pit McDonnell against the super-champion at the weight in early 2018 – Northern Irishman Ryan Burnett.