McDonnell: I want to fight Juan Carlos Payano


Jamie McDonnellJamie McDonnell will battle Tomoki Kameda again in what was a fan friendly fight. It was McDonnell’s debut in the U.S., and he says he can’t wait to do it again.

“For the first fight against Kameda I was going into the unknown, fighting in America on a PBC card, but I know what to expect now, I know how it operates,” McDonnell told ESPN UK. “I had a lot of distractions last time, and we had a six-hour drive to get to the venue. We’ve learnt from that, and we’re going to be based in Corpus Christi from the start.

Should he win, McDonnell looks for bigger fights in the 118 lb. division.

“I watched Juan Carlos Payano beat Rau’shee Warren the other week and that fight [against Payano] is the one I want,” McDonnell told ESPN.”If I win this one, there are bigger fights for me and the Payano one is the one I want. If that fight can’t be made, I’ll go for a fight against the WBO kid Pungluang Sor Singyu.”

If not, McDonnell says a move up to 122 where some of the big names and big money lie.

“I think I will move up a division, and it will be time to take on the likes of Scott Quigg, Carl Frampton, and Nonito Donaire.”

But McDonnell wants to be impressive and he wants to win this fight more convincingly.

“I can’t let him look busy because he will win on points. I was lucky last time to win the decision over there because there really was nothing in it. I need to make a statement and dust him off because I don’t want a third fight. I remember thinking in the last fight when I got back to the corner and asking Dave [Coldwell] what round it was and he said eight and thinking ‘Oh no, is there enough rounds left for me to win it?’. This time I need to take it to him from round one with a good pace, and if I’m not tagged by stupid shots. Hopefully I can stop him in the 11th or 12th round.”