Jamie McDonnell is set to target huge fights against super bantamweight kings Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton after retaining his WBA title at the weekend.
McDonnell produced a stunning performance, recovering from an early knockdown to beat Tomoki Kameda on points and keep hold of his WBA bantamweight crown in Hidalgo, Texas.
Now he is set to make a long-mooted move to super bantamweight and is wasting no time targeting the division’s elite.
“A big win in America will set me up nicely for the massive fights later in the year,” McDonnell told the Star before his fight with Kameda.
“I’m ready to move up this year and I want to me moving up as a world champion.
“That’ll put me right in there with the top kids at super bantamweight.
“I want to be fighting the likes of Quigg and Frampton and soon.
“I’m in the top class at bantamweight so I should be at super bantam.
“I’ve done the business so far in my career and I think I deserve these super fights.
“I’m opening the door to these massive fights with life-changing money and high-profile nights.”
McDonnell and Quigg are in the same promotional stable, working under Eddie Hearn at Matchroom Boxing.
WBA regular super bantamweight champion Quigg is set to announce his next opponent at a press conference today.
It had been hoped that Quigg and IBF champion Frampton would meet in a blockbuster unification bout this summer but negotiations broke down.