MCDONNELL RETAINS IN BIZARRE RETIREMENT

Jamie McDonnell (25-2-1, 12KO’s) made the first defence of his regular WBA bantamweight title this evening with an odd stoppage of Javier Chacon (20-3, 5KO’s) in Liverpool.

Despite being a massive underdog going into the contest, the Argentinian Chacon acquitted himself well for the first six rounds and had Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn shifting in his seat uncomfortably ringside, as spectator score totals looked to be even after 18 minutes gone.

As predicted, Chacon gave everything for the first few rounds, but the seven day notice for the contest caught up with him in double quick time and the Doncaster champion started to take over with his relentless work and stubborn shots through rounds seven to nine. To be fair to McDonnell, he always looked like he could have moved into higher gears, but seemed content and comfortable to man-it-out center ring with his foe.

The challenger attempted to rally coming out of his corner for the tenth and hit McDonnell with a flurry of shots whilst tying to back up the former IBF champion, but after weathering a mini storm McDonnell again started to get the better of his opponent and shockingly, completely out of the blue, Chacon pulled up and walked away from the action towards his corner mid way through the round.

Referee Terry O’Connor asked the fighter if he wished to continue, to which he shook his head. It was later revealed Chacon may have dislocated his shoulder but nothing the from footage can be really seen to explain the injury.

The win for McDonnell kept him on course for his scheduled WBO unification fight with champion Tomoki Kameda in Las Vegas next year. The tough Japanese fighter will be the hardest assignment of the former British and European champion’s career so far and as a result he will be undoubtedly long odds for the contest.