Jamie hoping to make contacts

State-side: Jamie McDonnell

State-side: Jamie McDonnell

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STEFY Bull is hopeful that Jamie McDonnell’s trip stateside will prove influential for a successful 2012.

McDonnell along with manager Dennis Hobson traveled to Washington DC to see Amir Khan lose his world titles to Lamont Peterson at the weekend and they’re currently in Las Vegas for the World Boxing Council convention at the Mandalay Bay resort. It’s a trip with one eye on the future and trainer Stefy expects them to return home with a brimming contacts book.

“They’ve gone out there with the intention of building up as many contacts as they can and with the hope of making Jamie’s upcoming fight with Malik Bouziane a world title eliminator and Jamie the mandatory for their title,” said Bull.

“It’s all about getting Jamie’s name out there and a lot of work has to be done behind closed doors. Boxing’s about winning but there’s more to it than just that and obviously Dennis has been and done it all before and has some great contacts already.”

It’s a similar sort of trip to what Clinton Woods went on with Hobson ahead of his world domination and it could eventually lead to a crack at the WBC champion.

In the short-term, though, Jamie will return from America, then have a quiet holiday in Egypt, before starting the long training camp ahead of his fight with French-Algerian Bouziane at the Doncaster Dome on February 18. By the time of that fight, it’ll be just over two years from them first winning the British title against Ian Napa and Bull can’t quite believe how far they’ve come.

“It’ll be a family trip to Egypt then we’ll be full steam ahead through Christmas with preparing Jamie for his next fight,” he said.

“It’s been such a rollercoaster for me and Dave Hulley. Most boxers dream of fighting for a British title but now we’re at world level and we’re very proud of that. Jamie’s such a grounded kid and with the other lads we have in the gym we’re in for another exciting year.”

Luke Crowcroft is set to turn pro with Bull next year after he secured his fourth national title earlier this month.