Manager Dave Coldwell believe the bookies have got it wrong, for once.
He believes Doncaster’s Jamie McDonnell will beat the favourite, Japanese fighter, Tomoki Kameda, in their Texas shoot-out.
McDonnell has spent two weeks in the Lone Star State alongside brother Gavin and Coldwell, the Rotherham man occupying corner duties due to Dave Hulley’s fear of flying.
Coldwell said: “Obviously things didn’t get off to the best of starts with the flying issue but that has firmly been left behind and we’ve handled it in a professional manner since. You only have to look back at Jamie’s career to see how he handles set-backs and Saturday will be no different. We’re aware that we are in there with a quality fighter protecting an undefeated record but Jamie’s in fantastic form; he’s shown he’s a world class fighter. Bookies have Kameda a decent favourite but we firmly believe that they’ve got it wrong this time.”
McDonnell’s path to this bantamweight tussle has been far from straightforward. With the show set to receive an afternoon television slot on CBS in America which in turn guarantees a primetime Saturday night on Sky in the UK, McDonnell will have plenty of viewers.
Coldwell said: “Jamie is in the big league. This is where he wants to be. He’s at the top table now. A big show in America against a brilliant name and the rewards for victory are set to be huge. The hard work has been done ahead of what is a brilliant match-up between two quality fighters.”