McDonnell set for Liverpool defence ahead of unification test

Jamie McDonnell
Jamie McDonnell

WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell has been lined up for two huge dates as he continues his quest to sweep the board at world level in the division.

First up, the Doncaster fighter will make his first defence of the WBA crown on the undercard of the tantalising rematch between bitter rivals Nathan Cleverley and Tony Bellew at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

And should he come through the fight unscathed, McDonnell will face WBO champion Tomeki Kameda in an unification fight early next year, provided the unbeaten Japanese fighter successfully defends his crown on November 1 against Alejandro Hernandez in Chicago.

The date and opponent for McDonnell’s first defence of his WBA crown – won in May this year – is set to be announced next week though it is understood to be on either November 22 or 29.

Promoter Eddie Hearn had made attempts to get the 28-year-old’s defence on the same bill as Kameda’s in the US, in order to acclimatise McDonnell ahead of the pair’s likely meeting across the Atlantic next year.

Kameda’s brother Koki was the holder of the WBA crown prior to McDonnell.