DONCASTER’S triple champion Jamie McDonnell will still hold the British and Commonwealth featherweight belts tomorrow night irrespective of how he fares against Spaniard Ivan Pozo in their European title fight at Hillsborough Leisure Centre.
But he has no plans to defend either of them at present in time according to joint trainer Stefy Bull.
“No disrespect to either titles but Jamie is looking to get himself a crack at a world title this year,” said Bull at his Mexborough gym. “Pozo has been European champion and fought for a world title and been at the top level for some years, so if Jamie can do a good job on him then it would make a big statement on the world stage.”
Although he’s not been anywhere near as busy as McDonnell, who last fought in September in a classic contest against Stuey Hall at the Dome, Pozo has a reputation as a puncher.
But Bull is confident that the 25 year-old Doncaster boxer will prove too good for him on the night.
“Jamie’s not had the best of preparations in that he’s had a change of opponent, a change of venues and a number of dates, but he’s trained really well and has had good sparring and he’s in as good a condition as he’ll ever be,” he said. “Pozo is a completely different type of fighter to his original opponent in that he will come forward more and has a bigger punch but Jamie will fight anyone.”