Jamie McDonnell doesn’t want his American dream to end

Jamie McDonnell
Jamie McDonnell

As a two-time world champion, there are not many more achievements left to tick off the list.

But this weekend Jamie McDonnell will complete another goal of many fighters when he competes in America.

The Hatfield bantamweight is set to face Japanese sensation Tomoki Kameda in Hidalgo, Texas on Saturday night.

He has spent the last fortnight in Texas, completing his training camp and adapting to the high temperatures.

“This is the type of fight that you dream of having as you work your way up,” McDonnell said.

“A big name opponent, a big pay day and a big fight in America.

“It’s a great experience for me. I’ve been able to take my family out for the build-up, completely focus on preparing for it.

“It’s a shame it isn’t in Las Vegas like what was originally planned but it’s still great to be fighting in America, on national TV over there.

“I’m buzzing about it all. I’m going to make sure it’s not the last time.”

The fight was originally planned as a world title unification bout, with McDonnell’s WBA bantamweight title and Kameda’s WBO crown both up for grabs.

But the WBO blocked the plans, refusing to recognise McDonnell as the WBA champion due his title’s ‘regular’ status.

Kameda has now vacated the WBO belt and Saturday’s fight will be a non-title affair fought at a catch weight.

McDonnell said: “Some fights don’t need titles and this is one of them.

“It’s two men who have become world champion and not lost their belts.

“He’s a top kid – a top kid I’m going to beat but it’s a great fight.

“It’s a shame I can’t walk to the ring with my belts or pick up another one like I’d planned but that’s the way it is.

“Winning this will make a big statement, especially with the exposure I’m going to get from it, and set me up for plenty more top level fights.

“This has been a great opportunity for me and I’m ready to make it count.”