But trainer Stefy Bull had no hesitation in speaking about Terri Harper in the same breath as Doncaster’s first world boxing champion.
Bull worked with McDonnell on his rise to world title glory and will this weekend look to guide Harper to the WBC super featherweight crown as she meets Eva Wahlstrom at Sheffield Arena.
And he says the Denaby Main fighter possesses the same qualities that helped McDonnell become arguably the best bantamweight in the world during his heyday.
“Terri just oozes class,” Bull told the Free Press.
“The things that she can do when she slips shots.
“You don’t want to sound out of turn but one of the best compliments we’ve had for Terri is someone from Sky Sports saying that when you watch her, she fights like a man - meaning she’s just that good.
“Jamie McDonnell was outstanding at just doing the basics - hands up, elbows in, side to side, moving, shot selection.
“That is what you’ve got with Terri Harper.
“She’s no hands down, flash. She’s not crash, bang, wallop.
“She oozes class and I think there are going to be some very big nights ahead of her.
“I just think that in 12 to 18 months she can be frontrunner of women’s boxing. People are now seeing it and I think she’s got the full support.
“People are going to see what I’ve been seeing for a long time.”