Doncaster champ Jamie will go up a weight for big pay day

Jamie McDonnell says he could step up a division to super bantamweight and defeat one of the world's best boxers, WBA champion Guillermo Rigondeaux.

Tuesday, 17th May 2016, 12:35 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th May 2016, 12:41 pm
Jamie McDonnell (right) and Fernando Vargas during the WBA Bantamweight World Championship bout at the 02 Arena, London. Pic: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Doncaster’s WBA bantamweight ruler is open to the possibility of campaigning at 122lbs - and facing the Cuban warrior.

The South Yorkshireman, 30, told Sky Sports: “I want the biggest fights. Defences like the last kid I fought (Mexican Fernando Vargas), you don’t get any respect because they expect you to bowl them over. I want the big names because it gives you more motivation to train.

“Most people write me off anyway so I like to prove them wrong. There’s no better way than jumping in with one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet. I wouldn’t take the fight for a pay day - I genuinely believe I’m going to beat him.

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“If you look at what I’ve won and you look at some of the other world champions, they’ve not won half of what I’ve won but they’re more recognised. But like I said, I’ll fight anyone. I’m out there to prove everyone wrong.

“There’s not much more I can do than keep getting in there and keep winning but if the Rigondeaux fight comes off, I’ll get the recognition then. I’m a massive underdog but that’s what I like. I like to get in there and prove people wrong and that’s the fight I want.

“I’ll fight him anywhere. It’s ideal to bring him over here but I’ve fought in America twice and done jobs on Tomoki Kameda.”