I thought I’d lost it says Doncaster world champion Jamie McDonnell

Tomoki Kameda, left, is struck by Jamie McDonnel  in Hidalgo, Texas. Photo: (Nathan Lambrecht/The Monitor via AP)
Tomoki Kameda, left, is struck by Jamie McDonnel in Hidalgo, Texas. Photo: (Nathan Lambrecht/The Monitor via AP)
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Jamie McDonnell admitted he thought he had lost his WBA bantamweight title after his fight with Tomoki Kameda went to the judges’ scorecards.

Jamie McDonnell admitted he thought he had lost his WBA bantamweight title after his fight with Tomoki Kameda went to the judges’ scorecards.

Getting a decision from a tight bout is notoriously difficult when fighting abroad and the clash in Hidalgo, Texas was incredibly tight.

But McDonnell recovered from suffering a third round knockdown to secure a unanimous 114-113 points win and retain his WBA title.

“I didn’t think I was going to get the decision being abroad, but it’s more than spectacular to come out of here victorious,”the Hatfield fighter said. “He’s a great, undefeated champion.

“His speed surprised me on the knockdown. I knew he was going to be fast, but I didn’t expect it like that.

“I didn’t see the shot and next thing I knew I was on the floor. I felt in control all the way through. It was a great performance. I know I should have just boxed but I wanted to fight.”

Kameda was quick to praise McDonnell for his performance but demanded a rematch following the first defeat of his 32 fight professional career: “I think I won the fight,” he said. “I did enough to win. He did a lot to win the last rounds, but I did more over the fight. I don’t agree with the judges decision, but I respect it.

“I knew he would get up after the knockdown because he’s a world champion. He’s a great fighter and I take my hat off to him, but I won.”