Boxing: Jamie McDonnell fighting fit ahead of world title defence

Boxer Jamie McDonnell pictured with his wife Hollie and their daughter Saskia.
Boxer Jamie McDonnell pictured with his wife Hollie and their daughter Saskia.

Jamie McDonnell says no corners have been cut in preparation for his first world title defence - despite becoming a dad just one month ago.

The Hatfield bantamweight says he is in tip top condition for the defence of his WBA crown against Javier Chacon on Saturday night and he is confident of moving past the challenge of the Argentine.

“I think this is one of the times I’ve felt the best going into a fight,” McDonnell said.

“Fitness is there, my head’s on it and weight-wise I’m on it too.

“The best condition I was ever in was when I won the IBF title last summer but this is getting towards that.”

The 28-year-old admits his efforts went up several notches following the birth of daughter Saskia last month and thanks to wife Hollie, he has been able to avoid too many sleepless nights.

He said: “In the last month or so it’s all really kicked in for me.

“My mind was on the baby a little bit, especially in the first few days after she was born.

“But I’ve been able to be 100 per cent focused in the last few weeks building up to the fight.

“Our lass has been great and let me get in the spare room to get a proper sleep.

“I feel a different kid when I’ve got my mind fully focused.

“Dave (Hulley, trainer) is always telling me to get focused but once it kicks in, everything feels different and it all starts coming together.

“With the fitness being there most of the time, it’s about getting the shape and technique right and I’m there.”

Opponent Chacon was a late change after scheduled challenger Walberto Ramos was forced to withdraw due to visa issues.