Doncaster’s Jamie McDonnell’s clean sweep goal

Jamie McDonnell is confident of not only winning the IBF crown but all world bantamweight titles.
Jamie McDonnell is confident of not only winning the IBF crown but all world bantamweight titles.
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Jamie McDonnell says winning the IBF bantamweight title would not be the culmination of his career – it would only be the beginning.

The Hatfield bantamweight will become the first Doncaster fighter to contest a globally recognised world title when he faces Julio Ceja at the Keepmoat on May 11.

But one piece of sporting history will not be enough for the confident 27-year-old.

He is now targeting total domination of the bantamweight division.

“I believe I’m going to pick up all the titles at bantamweight,” McDonnell told the Star at an atmospheric press event in Sheffield’s Corporation nightclub.

“Leo Santa Cruz was the best but he’s moved up.

“This kid Ceja has got the best record out there so once I get him out of the way then I do believe I will unify the division.

“I have a vision of myself standing there with three or four belts wrapped around me.

“I’m not looking past this fight because this kid’s record is enough to frighten anybody.

“It’s just that I’ve got this picture in my mind of myself holding all the titles.

“I know first that I’ve got this massive fight on a massive night.

“Tickets are flying out and I can’t wait for it to come around.

“I’ve just got to win to make it special.

“I’ve already made history but I’ve just got to go out there and win to make sure I really am in the history books.

It would be difficult to tell that McDonnell is a little more than two weeks away from the biggest fight of his life against an opponent in the business of knock outs.

Ceja has stopped 22 of his 24 opponents so far to become one of the division’s hottest prospects.

But the confidence McDonnell exudes is increasing day by day.

He puts that down to the best pre-fight preparations of his professional career, coupled with the magnitude of the occasion.

He said: “I’m buzzing, I’m not nervous.

“It’s two and a half weeks away and this is the stage where you really start to get excited about it.

“I’m feeling good, the body is looking good.

“As I talk about it I get this buzz about it.

“I just keep thinking that in three weeks time I will be world champion sat on holiday with an ice cold beer.

“It’s thoughts like that which get you through the hard times in training.

“You’ve just got to stay positive and knowing you’re going to make history helps with that.

“I’m getting confident in my sparring, we’ve had some excellent sessions. The weight is good. I’ve been holding it at 9st4 for the last couple of weeks and I’m just starting to drop it down. “It could not be going any better.

“This is the best I’ve ever felt and the most confident I’ve ever felt.

“I don’t know whether that is being at the Keepmoat in my home town or what.

“Some people probably wouldn’t feel as confident as this going in with this kid.

“His record doesn’t scare me and this is just a massive occasion to show that I’m the best in the world.”