Promoter Eddie Hearn has warned Jamie McDonnell to not look beyond his next opponent and dream of world title unification bouts.
Hearn has signed a deal with American promotional heavyweight Al Haymon which will see McDonnell put his WBA bantamweight title on the line in Las Vegas in a unification bout with WBO king Tomoki Kameda – provided the Hatfield fighter successfully defends his crown against Walberto Ramos later this month.
And Hearn says McDonnell’s dreams of a Vegas fight night, a huge payday and further world title glory will go up in smoke if he fails to focus on his fight with Ramos on November 22.
“Jamie has to come through Ramos and he should,” Hearn said. “But Ramos can whack a bit and there’s always a danger of how motivated you can get for a fight when there’s something even bigger waiting on the other side.
“Jamie knows he must come through it because if he doesn’t, there will be no fight with Kameda.”
Hearn does not believe McDonnell will be going into the lion’s den in Vegas to face Kameda and says a bout in the fight capital of the world has been well earned by the 28-year-old.
He said: “Kameda is Japanese so it’s a neutral venue in that sense and Jamie is not going to turn down a Vegas fight night.
“I’m glad he’s getting these kind of fights because he’s been around for a long time.
“It’s a great opportunity for him – a unification fight and a massive pay day.”