McDonnell’s relief at end of frustrating fight wait

Jamie McDonnell and Liborio Solis. Photo: Lawrence Lustig
Jamie McDonnell and Liborio Solis. Photo: Lawrence Lustig

Jamie McDonnell admits it has been a frustrating wait for his next fight date.

Hatfield’s WBA bantamweight champion is set to return to the ring in mid-September, by which time it will have been ten months since he was last in action.

So he is understandably delighted to have had his rematch with Liborio Solis confirmed.

“It’s been really frustrating waiting for the next fight,” McDonnell told the Free Press.

“We’d got it all lined up to fight Paul Butler. I was going to be the away fighter on a Frank Warren show.

“But the fight got pulled on their side of it so we went back to nothing.

“The WBA wanted the Solis fight before and they were still pushing so we agreed to that.

“It’ll have been ten months since the first fight so it’s been a long time which I’ve not been happy with.

“It cost me a fair few quid for the camp for the Butler fight and I won’t get that back.

“The plus side is that I’ve been in the gym for a while so I’m in pretty good shape.

“Hopefully we get the Solis fight out of the way and then I can fight again before the end of the year.”

A clash with former IBF champion Butler – who has recently cut ties with promoter Warren – is still on the cards and could be held in December.

But first McDonnell is focused on facing Solis, against whom he earned a controversial win last November.

Many observers thought Solis had done enough for the win but McDonnell earned a comfortable unanimous points win from the judges scorecards.

The 31-year-old is looking to harness the criticism for motivation to set the record straight against Solis.

He said: “There’s no problems getting up for this one.

“I’m still taking stick on Twitter now about it and since the rematch has been made people are saying I’ll get found out.

“But I’m going to make a big statement in this one. I’m going to dominate and take the stoppage if it comes.”