Britain’s Bantamweight World Champion, Jamie McDonnell, is considering not to fulfill his dream of unifying the Bantamweight division. McDonnell, who feels he was unfairly stripped of his IBF World Title, had openly admitted his aspirations in the past.
He now holds the WBA Bantamweight title, but has beaten his nearest challenger Tomoki Kameda twice, away from home, in Texas. He has a good record, at 27W-2D-1L, and told Read Boxing:
Yamanaka is a good champion…[I] would have to travel to Japan to fight him…but I would beat him
The Hatfield born fighter told us,
The money is probably in moving up a division and fighting Quigg or Frampton
Jamie is set to fight in America in January, where his previous bouts against Kameda have caught the eye of American viewers. He climbed off the canvas in the first fight to outwork the talented Japanese bantamweight, really making a name for himself. The second performance was even more impressive, beating Kameda again in his hometown, dropping Kameda in the 12th round.
McDonnell could revive his bitter rivalry with national rival Lee Haskins, but he insists the money must be right for such a domestic clash to happen. McDonnell lost a controversial decision back in 2008, but many feel he would have the beating of Haskins now he has matured. McDonnell himself told us,
Haskins isn’t world quality, he couldn’t even defend his European belt, let alone a world [title].
Haskins lost his European Bantamweight belt against Stephene Jamoye by TKO in the 8th round back in 2012. However he bounced back with 6 wins in a row and won the IBF title after Randy Caballero failed to make the weight back in November. Haskins refused to fight Caballero in a last minute catchweight bout.
McDonnell has the potential to do anything he wants to in his career, and he’s even stated he’d fight Scott Quigg or Carl Frampton, should the opportunity to step up to Super Bantamweight appear. You can’t blame the brilliant Brit, a boxer’s career is only a short one, with Jamie seemingly making the most of his talent.