Date: 5th November 2017 at 10:16am
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In a bantamweight fight, in Monte Carlo, Jamie McDonnell made a defence of his WBA world crown.

McDonnell was matched against Liborio Solis, who he?d defeat to win the title albeit by a disputed, by some, decision.

Ahead of the bout, Solis had declared his intentions to regain his belt and leave nothing to chance with regards to the scorers.

Unfortunately, the fight was to end in disappointing fashion with it being stopped in the third round.

The stoppage came after a n accidental clash of heads left McDonnell with a severe cut above his left eye, so severe that the ringside doctor judged that he would be unable to continue.

With the fight not having gone four rounds and in accordance with the WBA regulations, the fight was declared a technical draw.

For Solis, it was an immensely disappointing night and any chances of a third fight against McDonnell were quashed when the 31-year-old announced that this would be his last fight at bantamweight and that he?d be moving up to super-bantamweight.

Talking about the decision to stop the fight, McDonnell had this to say,

‘I knew they were going to stop it, so I came out for a knockout.

‘If it had gone another round, I felt I would have done it.

‘I feel like crying, I’m disappointed because I know how good I could be.?

And as for the move up in weight, he further added,

‘I wanted to finish with a bang before I move up but that’s my last fight at bantamweight. I’ll enjoy Christmas, see if I can get a straight shot at super-bantamweight, or see what else comes up.’

We?ll keep an eye out for any developments with regards to McDonnell?s next bout.