Callum advises caution for IBF title hunter Jamie

Boxer Callum Hancock, left
Boxer Callum Hancock, left

Callum Hancock may be new to professional boxing - but he believes Jamie McDonnell will have to pull something special out of the bag to win the world title a week on Saturday.

Hancock, a 6ft 3ins middleweight from Eckington, is on the undercard of the IBF bantamweight title bill at the Keepmoat stadium, Doncaster.

He can’t wait to box in the fresh air for the first time- joking: “I just hope it’s not snowing.”

And while he is 100 per cent focussed on his own task, he recognises that fight fans, including him, may have to witness a new type of McDonnell fight, if he is to be successful against unbeaten 24-fight Mexican Julio Ceja

“He has got a massive task ahead of him” said Hancock.

“Ceja has a 24 + O record with 22 knockouts, so he will obviously take some beating.

“Jamie is a wear-and-tear come-forward fighter normally, but he might have to change his style and box clever for this one.

“He is not known for his defensive abilities and if he has some unticked boxes, the Mexican will tick them for him.

“I think he’s got to box behind his jab and not worry about pleasing his own crowd - just do the job, whatever it takes.

“I’ve seen Jamie a few times and never spotted any errors. A lot of his opponents haven’t lasted the pace against him but this time he’ll be well and truly tested.

“I will be boxing before him, so I’ll stay around the cheer him on.”

Hancock won’t have had much rest before his fifth pro bout. Like many pro boxers, he is not full time.

He is a scaffolder by trade and has been working on a Blackburn Meadows power station development, on nights this week. “I’m only 22, a young pup - I don’t really envy those who are full time boxers - I have to earn a living and my savings can only last so long.”