McDonnell: I can’t stand and let this kid hit me

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Jamie McDonnell is not about to hang around and let his hard-hitting world title opponent swing away at Wembley Stadium.

The Hatfield bantamweight is set to contest the vacant WBA regular world title on May 31 against Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat who has stopped 34 opponents in 52 triumphs from his 54 bouts.

McDonnell says he will take the same stick and move approach he used to defeat Julio Ceja for the IBF world title a little more than a year ago.

He said: “I’ve watched a few videos of the kid. He’s short and stocky and you can see that he can bang.

“He’s similar to Julio Ceja who I beat for the IBF title but he doesn’t bowl in like Ceja does.

“I know I can’t just stand there and trade shots. It’s going to be all about movement.

“I’m confident I can do the job and bring the title home.”

McDonnell has described the occasion of the bout, which will take place in front of 80,000 people on the undercard of the rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves, as ‘once in a lifetime.’