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Lee Haskins and Jamie McDonnell to defend bantamweight titles

Haskins fights Ivan Morales on the 14th of May while McDonnell takes on Juan Alberto Rosas on April 9th.

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Bantamweight champions Lee Haskins and Jamie McDonnell are all set for their next title defenses. Haskins will face Ivan Morales in Cardiff on the 14th, while McDonnell squares off with Juan Alberto Rosas in London on the April 9th Martin-Joshua card.

Haskins (32-3, 14 KO) knocked out Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa last June for the interim IBF belt and was then booked to face Randy Caballero for the full title. Caballero went on to flatten the scale, missing weight so badly that he even broke the super bantamweight limit and giving Haskins the full title without ever stepping into the ring.

Morales (29-1, 17 KO), brother of Erik, doesn't have much going for him besides name value and actually lost a decision last August to Edgar Jimenez. He is, in all likelihood, utterly boned.

McDonnell (27-2-1, 12 KO) has won nineteen straight, including a pair of recent decisions over Tomoki Kameda. The thirty-year-old from Yorkshire originally won the WBA belt with a knockout of Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat in May of 2014 and has defended it thrice.

Rosas (41-9, 28 KO) has been fighting for fifteen years and owns solid wins over Zolani Tete (2011) and Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. (2014), but isn't exactly a top-flight bantamweight. He fell to David Sanchez two Februaries ago in a bid for the WBA super flyweight title and his last fight saw him eke out a split decision over 15-15-2 Jonathan Lecona Ramos.

Not great matchmaking, so say the least, but as the French say: c'est la punchy-punch.

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