Boxing: World beater Jamie McDonnell admits preparation was far from ideal

Jamie McDonnell
Jamie McDonnell

He may have turned in a near-perfect performance to win his world title but Jamie McDonnell’s preparations were far from it.

Nothing came through the doors of his Lindholme gym to suggest so, dictated by the mental side of boxing.

But McDonnell was unable to spar for much of his preparation for the biggest fight of his life.

A cut to his left brow was inflicted in an early sparring session, restricting him to non-contact training for much of his camp.

As he coasted to victory against Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat at Wembley, there was nothing to suggest McDonnell was not in the best condition of his career.

And he is taking that as a positive for the fights to come.

“I’ve not done half the sparring I should have,” McDonnell said. “I still felt sharp in there which says there is more to come.

“That wasn’t the best of me in there physically.

“You say you’re in top condition in the build up but that definitely wasn’t.

“Saying that, I felt it was one of the best performances I’ve put in.

“I stuck to the gameplan like I did against Julio Ceja in the IBF title fight last year and I felt really comfortable.

“I’ve produced one of my best performances without being at my peak condition. There’s lots to be positive about.”