Jamie McDonnell is convinced he will ‘destroy’ world title challenger Tomoki Kameda tomorrow night.
The Doncaster fighter is back in Texas this weekend to defend his WBA regular bantamweight crown in a rematch against Kameda, after initially narrowly out-pointing the Japanese sensation in May.
Now familiar with the attributes of the former WBO champion, McDonnell says he has been working on his power and is confident of ending the fight in explosive fashion.
“I feel I am hitting harder, I’ve been working on my power in the gym and I feel it’s going to pay off,” former unbeaten IBF world champion McDonnell said.
“I’m always in great shape and I’ve been flying in the gym. I am really looking forward to this one.
“I feel I have a lot to prove still even though I am a two-time world champion.
“I really feel that I am going to destroy him.
“We know each other inside out because we’ve done 12 rounds. I can’t be sloppy, I’ve got to stay focused.
“I’ve got to forget the first fight because he’s going to bring his A-game to the table and so I am so it could be a totally different fight to the first one.
“I think it will be a fast paced fight, I started too slowly last time so I don’t want that to happen again.
“I believe I will stop him late on, I took him into the trenches last time but I didn’t put it on him enough.”
The fight will take place in Corpus Christi on Sunday afternoon, allowing for a 9pm broadcast on Sky Sports in the UK.
Doncaster’s Jason Cunningham is in action tonight in Leeds, also live on Sky.
The former ABA champion will fight Marlon Prado over eight rounds in a warm-up for his shot at the vacant British super flyweight crown next month against the highly rated Kal Yafai.
Barnsley-based Andy Townend will defend his English super featherweight crown against Lee Glover on the same Leeds bill tonight.