Jamie McDonnell the unbeaten Doncaster WBA world bantamweight champion has vowed to be the celar winner on Saturday night [Nov 4] when he steps into the ring in Monte Carlo for his rematch with Venezuelan Liborio Solis.
Last time out in November 2016 McDonnell beat Solis on points with the juges seeing it 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113 in the cahamps favour, this result prompted Solis’ team to appeal the result to the WBA who order a rematch.
“I thought I boxed well against him,” McDonnell told DAILY SPORT Boxing. “I knew it would be a tough fight but not as hard as it ended up being, I had to dig in a bit more but I was in control.
“I heard a lot of comments about it being tight and I was disappointed in them, I felt I ran the fight, there were tough spells and he caught me with some right hands and had good work rate, but I dealt with him and never felt in danger and he didn’t hurt me. I thought I won be three or four rounds.
“I also know that I fought the wrong fight. I was sat on the ropes too much and I needed to be busier. I won’t be taking any chances. I want to go in there, look good and get the job done. A stoppage would be great.
“People can see it differently but I believe I cruised through it, then I came out and some people thought he nicked it. That gets you down but people are allowed their opinions – this time there will be no doubt about me being the winner.
“I’ve been absolutely flying in this training camp and I don’t think I’ve ever been on track with the weight as good as I have been.
“This will be the sixth defence and after I win I want to look for bigger things. Paul Butler is lined up for the winner and that could be a big fight, but Ryan Burnett is the WBA and IBF champion and that would be great and I could look to move up in weight.
“I’m big for Bantamweight and I’ve been saying for a while that I would move up, I’m staying here for one big fight before moving up and I do think that Super-Bantamweight would really suit me. I want to leave Bantamweight as the best but maybe I will need to look to make that step up if the fight I need doesn’t come. I’ve been at this weight for a long time and it’s hard.”
At today’s weigh-in McDonnell scaled 8st 5lbs 8oz whilst challenger Solis tipped the scales at 8st 5lbs 11oz