TRAINER Stefy Bull says Jamie McDonnell is in the best shape of his career heading into his world title final eliminator this weekend.
McDonnell will face Darwin Zamora for the opportunity to move next in line for a shot at the IBF Bantamweight title in Sheffield on Saturday night.
And although the Hatfield fighter had just eight week’s notice for the bout, his trainer Bull believes his man is as ready as he could be.
Bull said: “Jamie has put everything into this training camp in he’s in fantastic condition.
“He’s not the type of kid that lives in the gym, he’s a lot like Ricky Hatton was in the past.
“You can worry about it too much at times but whenever he is in a training camp, you can’t fault his dedication and motivation.
“He knows what’s at stake at the weekend and he’s worked very hard to make sure he’s ready for it.
“These are very proud times for our gym and to have one of the lads heading towards a world title is a fantastic achievement.”
Zamora was drafted in as a second replacement for the bout after original opponent Vusi Malinga withdrew last weekend and then first reserve Juan Alberto Rosas also had to pull out.
Bull said: “This just seems to be what happens with Jamie.
“Since he came to us, I think only Ian Napa and Stuart Hall were opponents that didn’t change at some point in the build up.
“Jamie just takes it all in his stride now, he knows he’s in great condition and he leaves the tactical stuff to us.
“It’s not worked out too bad because he’s a southpaw and that’s what we’ve trained for.
“The IBF had to go down to super flyweight because they weren’t going to be able to find a bantamweight who’d make the weight in time.
“This Zamora is no numpty – he’s knocked out 18 opponents out of 21 so he can hit.
“But we’re confident Jamie’s class will be the difference.”