Cut hurt Jamie McDonnell’s world title preparations

Jamie McDonnell against Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat. Picture: Lawrence Lustig
Jamie McDonnell against Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat. Picture: Lawrence Lustig

Newly crowned WBA world champion Jamie McDonnell believes his best is yet to come after revealing he went through a less than ideal build up to his world title bout.

McDonnell was unable to take part in sparring for several weeks after sustaining a cut while training for his world title bout against Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat at Wembley Stadium.

The cut would open again during the bout but had little effect on the Doncaster bantamweight as he went on to stop his Thai opponent in the tenth round.

“I’ve not done half the sparring I should have,” McDonnell said.

“I still felt sharp in there which says there’s more to come.

“That wasn’t the best of me in there physically. You say you’re in top condition in the build up but that definitely wasn’t.”

Despite his lack of full training, McDonnell was pleased with his performance at Wembley.

He said: “I felt it was one of the best performances I’ve put in.

“I stuck to the gameplan like I did with Julio Ceja last year and I felt really comfortable.”