Jamie McDonnell secures WBA title with impressive stoppage win at Wembley
Jamie McDonnell was crowned as world champion for a second time after a 10th round stoppage of Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat.
Last Updated: 01/06/14 1:07am
McDonnell was stripped of the IBF bantamweight title last year, but claimed the vacant WBA belt with an impressive victory over a rugged Thai opponent at Wembley.
He was made to work for the win, suffering a cut amidst an early assault from Na Rachawat, but started to dominate with his superior ring skills and a crisp hook brought the fight to a dramatic halt.
Na Rachawat made a ponderous start, plodding forward as McDonnell pumped out a stinging jab in the opening seconds and found his range with sharp right hands.
There was more intent from Na Rachawat in the second as he forced the Doncaster man onto the back foot, briefly catching him on the ropes with a crisp hook.
McDonnell shipped a crunching body shot in the third, with his opponent steadily increasing the pressure, and a cut from a head clash did not help his cause.
This worrying round failed to unsettle the Yorkshireman, who replied with crisp combinations in the fourth, and a straight right briefly halted his foe's charge.
McDonnell spent much of the fifth with his back against the ropes, holding off Na Rachawat with swift punches, while he showed his class in the sixth with a string of hooks.
This steady stream of punches gradually slowed Na Rachawat's charge and he was stopped in his tracks by a spearing right in the seventh.
McDonnell started to dominate, rattling in punches from all angles in the eighth and displayed nimble feet in the ninth, hammering in hooks and gliding away.
With the crowd starting to settle for a points win, McDonnell closed the show in explosive fashion in the ninth.
As Na Rachawat threw crude punches, McDonnell uncorked a huge left hook that sent him crashing to the canvas.
He could not beat the count, stumbling against the ropes, and McDonnell was left to celebrate another world title triumph.