Jamie McDonnell will have the chance to win his first world title when he faces Mexican Julio Ceja for the vacant IBF bantamweight title on May 11 in his home town of Doncaster.

The 26-year-old, who has held the British, Commonwealth and European titles, will face Ceja at Doncaster Rovers Keepmoat Stadium as he looks to win the belt that was vacated by Leo Santa Cruz last month.

Jamie McDonnell
Jamie McDonnell will face Julio Ceja on May 11 in Doncaster.

McDonnell has won his last 12 fights after suffering the only two losses on his career more than five years ago. His last victory came against Darwin Zamora in October last year when he fought on the undercard of Kell Brook's win over Hector Saldivia.

His promoter Dennis Hobson said: "I am delighted to be bringing the world title fight to the Keepmoat Stadium. Both Jamie and I have long been determined for his world title fight to take place at his home stadium.

"Ceja's camp really wanted the fight to be staged in Mexico and we had to work really hard to bring this fight to South Yorkshire.

"The facilities at the Keepmoat Stadium are fantastic and Jamie is exceptionally proud to be showcasing Doncaster and the stadium to the world. We would love Jamie to be crowned the first boxing world champion from Doncaster in his home town on 11 May."

McDonnell will have to be wary of the power of his undefeated Mexican opponent as Ceja has won 22 of his 24 fights within the scheduled distance.

Since going 10 rounds with Genaro Garcia he defeated Luis Melendez by putting him on the canvas three times in six rounds, before knocking out Eden Marquez in two rounds and Henry Maldonado in the fifth.

However, the 21-year-old has never fought outside Mexico and McDonnell represents the highest quality fighter he has ever come up against.