Jamie McDonnell (born 30 March 1986) is a professional boxer from Hatfield, Doncaster, England who currently holds the WBA Regular World Bantamweight Title.
He is the former IBF World Bantamweight champion, European, Commonwealth and BBBofC bantamweight champion. He is the twin brother of fellow boxer Gavin McDonnell. As of May 2017, he is ranked as the world's second best bantamweight by BoxRec and The Ring magazine, and fifth by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.
McDonnell had his first professional contest in September 2005 when he scored a points win over Neal Reid at the Doncaster Dome. He won his next three fights before meeting Welshman Dai Davies again at the Dome and scoring a draw over 4 rounds. On 13 October 2006 McDonnell beat Wayne Bloy over 4 rounds and in December of the same year he defeated future British super flyweight champion Andy Bell over six rounds.
McDonnell's first title came in his next fight, meeting former victim Bloy on 23 February 2007 and scoring a third round stoppage to lift the English bantamweight title. The newly crowned English champion now had a record of 8–0–1 and had never fought outside of Doncaster professionally.
McDonnell's first fight outside his home town saw him travel to the York Hall in Bethnal Green to defeat Nikita Lukin on 21 September 2007 in an 8-round fight. His next fight was to be for the British super-flyweight title at the Robin Park Centre in Wigan on 8 December 2007. The fight with Chris Edwards would be the first time the British super-flyweight had been contested making this the inaugural contest for the belt. The experienced Edwards eventually won the title via a split decision after 12 hotly contested rounds handing a first defeat for the Doncaster man.
On 28 March 2008 McDonnell suffered his second defeat in a row having travelled to Barnsley to meet Bristol's Lee Haskins. The fight with Haskins resulted in another close loss over 8 rounds with Haskins himself coming off a British title loss to Ian Napa in the bantamweight division. The fight in Barnsley doubled as an eliminator for the winner to challenge for the Super Flyweight title which Haskins would go on to win.
Following two straight defeats to British level fighters, McDonnell regrouped by returning to Doncaster and beating journeyman Anthony Hanna via a fifth round stoppage. Two fights on the island of Jersey then followed with McDonnell scoring stoppage wins over imports Krastan Krastanov and Alain Bonnel before travelling back to Doncaster to defeat Scotland's James Ancliff again before the final bell had been heard. On 22 January 2010 McDonnell got his chance to fight for the British title once more, this time for the bantamweight version held by the experienced Ian Napa. The fight, at the Brentwood Centre in Essex, saw a tough battle result in an upset split decision win for McDonnell with the added bonus of the vacant Commonwealth belt also being on the line.
McDonnell's victory over Napa allowed him to step straight away into a challenge for the European title against the Frenchman Jerome Arnould. The fight, in Cannes on 20 March 2010, resulted in a surprise victory for the man from Doncaster with a 10th round stoppage over Arnould to lift his third title in a row. McDonnell made his first defence at the Doncaster Dome on 2 July 2010 against the newly crowned Italian champion Rodrigo Bracco and managed to retain the belt with a third round stoppage win. He returned to the Dome for his second defence on 22 January 2011 beating Belgian boxer Stephane Jamoye in a close contest with scores of 115–113 114–113 114–114 despite having a point deducted in the 11th round. McDonnell chose to defend the Commonwealth belt he won against Ian Napa in his next fight in Sheffield on 28 May 2011. Had he lost the contest then McDonnell would have been stripped of his European title but there were no such concerns as he scored a unanimous points decision over Kenyan Nick Otieno. Following the fight, promoter Frank Maloney said that a potential unification match with British champion Stuart Hall could be on the cards and that it was a fight that both the fans and the boxers themselves wanted to happen. Jamie Mcdonnell fought Stuart Hall on 3 September 2011 and won via unanimous decision to reclaim the British title.
On 31 May 2014, McDonnell fought Tamadang Da Rachawat for the WBA "regular" world championshiop belt on the undercard of Froch vs Groves II at Wembley Stadium in front of 80,000 people. McDonnell won by TKO when he caught Rachawat with a left hook in the 10th round, despite getting to his feet, the referee decided that Rachawat was in no state to continue as he visibly stumbled after getting up.