Desire to reach the top drives on Jamie

Champion: Jamie McDonnell
Champion: Jamie McDonnell
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JAMIE McDonnell is desperate to hang on to his beloved titles against highly-rated fighter Stuart Hall.

The Mexborough-trained bantamweight knows that there is more on the line against Hall than just the British, Commonwealth and European titles and told The Star that this is the most determined he has ever been to win a fight.

He said: “When I fought Ian Napa for the British and Commonwealth titles I wanted to win so bad and this is the same if not a bit more. I want to beat him so bad that there’s no way I can lose. I don’t know whether it’s because he’s a British kid again but it means so much to me.”

Should the 25-year-old McDonnell come through the fight with Hall, he will have beaten off the best of the domestic division and can only look towards fighting at the highest level.

McDonnell is confident that Hall won’t prove as difficult as some people are making out a week on Saturday and believes his desire to be the world’s best drives him on.

“Stuart’s easy to hit and provided I don’t do anything daft and get caught I’ll come through it fine,” he said.

“I don’t think his hardest shots are going to trouble me if I’m honest and I think Stephane Jamoye, who I beat last year is a better fighter.

“I’m at the right age now and all I have to do is keep winning whoever comes in front of me. This is the fittest I’ve ever been and the most mentally prepared.”

“I just want to get my house paid off and keep getting wins until I’m world champion. Stuart’s thirty one so where does he go if I beat him?

“Being world champion is the dream and there’s no reason why I can’t be.”

Meanwhile stablemate Connor Nixon, a former England international and junior ABA champion from Hatfield is to turn pro later this year.