BOXING: Jamie McDonnell’s world title fight live on Primetime

Jamie McDonnell’s world title fight against unbeaten Julio Ceja will be televised by pay-per-view network Primetime.

McDonnell faces the big punching Mexican for the vacant IBF bantamweight crown at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium on May 11, as he aims to become the town’s first ever boxing world champion.

The fight, plus several undercard bouts, will be available to watch for £10.95 on Sky, Virgin, online and via the Primetime App for smartphones/iPad.

Nearly 10,000 boxing fans are expected to pack the Keepmoat Stadium to cheer on hometown favourite McDonnell as he faces the ultimate test in a sporting event that will make history as the first and possibly the only time a world champion boxer will be installed on Doncaster turf.

Ceja has knocked out 22 of his 24 professional opponents, while McDonnell is unbeaten since his controversial points setback to Lee Haskins in 2008.

McDonnell has been biding his time since defending the European title for a fourth time in March2012, keeping busy with a stoppage victory against the over-matched Darwin Zamora in October.

Latino champion Ceja has never fought outside his native Mexico and he most recently stopped Henry Maldonado in five rounds in February.

The title became vacant when Leo Santa Cruz opted to move up to super-bantamweight following three successful defences in 2012.

The Doncaster show will also feature a series of high quality bouts – including Darlington’s Stuart Hall against highly-rated American Sergio Perales for the IBF Inter-Continental bantamweight belt.

Speaking about the TV deal for the Doncaster bill with Primetime to BoxRec News, promoter Dennis Hobson said: “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!”

Primetime’s live coverage from Doncaster will start at 7.00pm on Saturday, May 11, with the presentation team due to be confirmed shortly.

The pay-per-view channel is available on Sky channel 498 and Virgin-On-Demand, with live streaming online and via the Primetime app.

For details on how to order the fight visit:

Saturday 11th May

Jamie McDonnell v Julio Ceja
Vacant IBF World Bantamweight Title

LIVE: 7.00pm-11.00pm – Primetime (PPV)


You can order the card for only £10.95 by calling 08712004444 or visiting

Virgin Media customers can purchase using the ‘On Demand’ menu.

Customers on Sky must register the first time they use Primetime and once registered can purchase using the ‘box office’ menu.

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