Jamie McDonnell is determined to make a statement in Texas next month as he prepares to bring his glittering career at bantamweight to a close.
The Doncaster fighter will defend his WBA bantamweight title against Tomoki Kameda for the second time on September 6 in Corpus Christi.
And he feels going one better to stop the former undefeated WBO champion will lay down a major marker as he contemplates the move up to super bantamweight.
“I’m there to make a statement, that I’m the best bantamweight out there and before I move up I have to make a statement,” McDonnell said.
“In this fight I’m going to make that statement.
“I’m going to stop him. I’m not sure what round yet but I’m going to stop him.
“There’s a few more big fights left for me and a few more big paydays.
“I’m looking forward to this fight, I really am.
“I just can’t wait to get in there and fight.”
The 29-year-old is expecting better from Kameda in the rematch and knows the Japanese fighter will be smarting from losing his unbeaten record.
McDonnell said: “He’s going to bring the best, even more than he did before because I’ve taken his 0.
“He will want to get that loss back.
“He’s from a fighting family, they’re proud and they’re successful.
“He’s going to want the win even more this time.
“But he’s not going to want it more than me.”
McDonnell out-pointed Kameda in May after getting up off the canvas in Hidalgo, Texas to retain his WBA crown.
n Kell Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn is concentrating efforts on bringing Devon Alexander to Sheffield in October, for a welterweight unification title fight.
The Ecclesall IBF champion has stated previously that he would like to take on Brook, the WBO holder. Hearn launched negotiations with Bradley’s promoter, Bob Arum a few days ago.