He wasn’t a fan of the fight, but Jamie McDonnell won everything he had to win in his 14-year professional career in decoration.
Doncaster from England announced his retirement on Instagram on Wednesday and announced his retirement as a former British, British, Commonwealth, European and World Champion. The 35-year-old was ranked number one in the bantamweight division from The Ring for several months by then-champion Shinsuke Yamanaka.
Shortly after turning pro, McDonnell suffered a series of defeats in 2005 against Chris Edwards and future world title holder Lee Haskins. At that point in his career, no one would have nailed a terrible engineer for great things, but his efforts and determination paid off.
There was a remarkable victory over Stuart Hall, Julio Ceja, Tomoki Kameda (twice) and Liborio Solís. Solis’ decision in November 2016 was controversial and the direct rematch was invalid. McDonnell’s best moment would undoubtedly be the unanimous victory over Kameda, who was a favorite in both contests and 31-0 before playing against the British.
McDonnell’s run, undefeated for more than 10 years, ended in May 2018 by Naoya Inoue, a participant in Japan’s Power Puncher and Pound for Pound. A little over a year later, he returned to the featherweight marktime battle and made a six-round decision. That was McDonnell’s last professional outing, and he finished the sport with a great record of 30-3-1 (13 KO).
“At the age of 35, I feel it’s too late to make a comeback,” he said in a statement. “I’ve done more than I ever expected. I’m a British Champion, a British Champion, a Federal Champion, a European Champion, an IBF World Champion, and a WBA. [regular] champion.
“I did my best to be the best! I couldn’t play against one of the best fighters on the planet (Inoue), so I think it would be embarrassing to come back at this age.
“I can say I really exploded and lived my life!”
Ring wants to convey his best wishes to retired Jamie McDonnell.
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Former bantamweight world title holder Jamie McDonnell retires from boxing
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