Jamie McDonnell delighted to claim the IBF title at the Keepmoat Stadium
Jamie McDonnell was able to bask in the "amazing feeling" of becoming a world champion in his hometown of Doncaster.
Last Updated: 12/05/13 10:30am
The 27-year-old bantamweight claimed the vacant IBF belt with a majority points decision over the previously unbeaten Ceja at the Keepmoat Stadium.
McDonnell, who had not tasted defeat since March 2008, was given the nod 115-113 and 118-110 by two judges at ringside, while the third scored the bout 114-114.
"Oh my god, what an amazing feeling," said the new champion afterwards. "In the first five rounds or so I felt him out and wanted to come on stronger as the fight went on.
"I started digging him in the last few rounds and I felt I could have even got the stoppage.
"I was actually enjoying it. He had a big record with 22 knockouts but I dug in because I wanted this belt. I controlled that fight.
"I could have easily pushed it more. There were a few anxious moments when he caught me but I enjoyed that last round more than I've ever enjoyed a round.
"It means everything and this belt is for everyone in Doncaster."
Promoter Dennis Hobson was full of praise for his fighter, saying: "It's great, he's a special talent.
"He is the most successful sportsman in Doncaster. It's a special achievement."