Jamie McDonnell will have no problem motivating himself for his clash with Tomoki Kameda despite the fight no longer being a world title unification contest.
That is the verdict of manager Dave Coldwell who says the stakes of the May 9 contest in Texas are high enough for both men.
The WBO – for whom Kameda is world champion – has blocked attempts to make the bout in Texas one where their title would be unified with McDonnell’s WBA ‘regular’ bantamweight strap.
But Coldwell says the Doncaster fighter will be motivated for his clash with the Japanese sensation.
“You hear fans say belts don’t make fights and that it’s fights that make belts,” Coldwell told the Star.
“This is one of those fights where it doesn’t matter what belt is on the line.
“Kameda is unbeaten, he’s the main man and he’s seen as a potential superstar.
“Jamie has got himself a massive opportunity, a great payday and a major shop window on terrestrial television in America.
“It’s great exposure and whatever the prize is at the end, it’ll put Jamie right up there for everything if he goes and beats Kameda.
“He’s motivated for this one. He’s been training and ticking over for ages.
“As soon as we got the date confirmed he was like a kid in a sweet shop, absolutely buzzing about this.
“These opportunities don’t come round that often in boxing. Jamie’s got one of these massive opportunities.”
Negotiations over the exact details of the bout continue to be led by US promotional heavyweight Al Haymon.
Coldwell said: “I think there’s an issue between the WBO and the WBA where they don’t get on.
“The WBO president is saying he won’t grant it as a unification fight.
“That’s not a problem because Al Haymon is sorting it out at the moment.
“It could be that we just challenge for the WBO, or we just defend the WBA.
“It’s going to happen either way, it’s just about sorting out which way it goes.”