McDonnell closes in on US title defence

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Jamie McDonnell could be heading to America for the first defence of his WBA bantamweight title.

And the Hatfield fighter is closing in on a unification fight with WBO champion Tomoki Kameda of Japan – provided they both come through scheduled defences.

A bout between McDonnell and Kameda had been lined up only for the WBO call for the Japanese ace to make his mandatory defence against Alejandro Hernandez on November 1.

But promoter Eddie Hearn told the Star that McDonnell could still be part of that card in Chicago.

“We’re looking possibly now at Jamie defending on the Kameda card in America and then the two of them meeting in a unification fight straight after,” Hearn said.

“We’re just waiting for confirmation on that and should know in the next 48 hours or so.

“If that doesn’t happen for Jamie, he’ll be defending on October 4 in Leeds.

“But one thing we know is that if Jamie and Kameda both win in their defences, the unification fight will happen early next year.

“I’d like to get him out there to defend on that November 1 card because the fighters that have gone out to America and done well have in title fights have been there before.”

Hearn believes McDonnell will make a big impression on an American audience, if he gets the chance to do so.

He said: “He’s a good looking lad, he’s an exciting fighter and he’s a two-time world champion and he wants these big fights.”