DONCASTER’S Jamie McDonnell is at the height of his preparation for his winner takes all bout with Stuart Hall and believes he’s going to win in style.
The bantamweight European and Commonwealth champion faces Darlington’s Hall on September 3rd at Doncaster Dome with Hall’s Lonsdale belt, a title McDonnell once held also up for grabs. Hall, aged 31, has been calling McDonnell out for some time and the 25-year-old admits he’d had enough of him.
“Stuart was really starting to annoy me so I thought it was time we got it on,” he told The Star. “To be fair to him he probably deserves a crack at me because he’s won the British title outright but it was all down to me whether this fight was made. This is an easier fight than what I could have had at this stage and I’m supremely confident that I can do a job on him.”
With just two weeks to go until the fight, McDonnell is sparring with stablemate Andy Townend and has also been in with world title challenger, Nottingham’s super-bantam Rendall Munroe.
“I sparred with Rendall earlier this week and although we weren’t knocking blocks off each other I was more than holding my own with him. Rendall fought for the WBC title against the number one in the world over in Japan so he’s at the top level and has world title experience.
“That’s where I want to be after I’ve beaten Hall. Hopefully I’ll have another fight later this year then we’ll be pushing for an interim or world title shot.