Jamie McDonnell’s rematch with Liborio Solis likely to be his last fight at bantamweight

Jamie McDonnell
Jamie McDonnell

Jamie McDonnell’s WBA title defence against Liborio Solis is likely to be his last fight at bantamweight.

Though he told this newspaper a few weeks ago he still had the hunger for more at bantamweight, he now says Saturday’s bout is almost certainly his last in the division.

A long-mooted move up in weight is set to finally happen in 2018. McDonnell insists the time is right.

“We’ve thought about it a lot but unless something comes up that I can’t turn down then this will be the last fight at bantamweight,” he said.

“I had a good look at the Ryan Burnett-ZZ [Zhanat Zhakiyanov] fight and I fancied the winner of that. Me and Ryan would be a cracking fight but I think my time has come to move up.

“Eddie Hearn could sit us down and make us a big offer for that fight and we’d have to consider it.

“And I really believe I’ve never made the weight better than I have for this fight.

“But it just feels like it is the right time to move up.

“When you know, you know.

“It’s a long 12 weeks when you’re in camp and I have to live like a saint if I’m going to make the weight.

“There’s no cheat meals or anything like that. I’ve not even been able to have a bit of mayonnaise every now and again.

“I can move up and be comfortable at super bantamweight. It’s only a 4lb difference but that’s big.

“I’ll still be a big fighter at the weight and there’s some cracking fights to be made.

“I’ve been the WBA Regular champion for too long. It’s three and a half years.

“I think it’s time to win some big titles and get some proper recognition.

“I really believe I can do that at super bantamweight.”