Jamie McDonnell’s rematch with Liborio Solis likely to be his last fight at bantamweight

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Jamie McDonnell’s WBA title defence against Liborio Solis is likely to be his last fight at bantamweight.

Though he told this newspaper a few weeks ago he still had the hunger for more at bantamweight, he now says Saturday’s bout is almost certainly his last in the division.

A long-mooted move up in weight is set to finally happen in 2018. McDonnell insists the time is right.

“We’ve thought about it a lot but unless something comes up that I can’t turn down then this will be the last fight at bantamweight,” he said.

“I had a good look at the Ryan Burnett-ZZ [Zhanat Zhakiyanov] fight and I fancied the winner of that. Me and Ryan would be a cracking fight but I think my time has come to move up.

“Eddie Hearn could sit us down and make us a big offer for that fight and we’d have to consider it.

“And I really believe I’ve never made the weight better than I have for this fight.

“But it just feels like it is the right time to move up.

“When you know, you know.

“It’s a long 12 weeks when you’re in camp and I have to live like a saint if I’m going to make the weight.

“There’s no cheat meals or anything like that. I’ve not even been able to have a bit of mayonnaise every now and again.

“I can move up and be comfortable at super bantamweight. It’s only a 4lb difference but that’s big.

“I’ll still be a big fighter at the weight and there’s some cracking fights to be made.

“I’ve been the WBA Regular champion for too long. It’s three and a half years.

“I think it’s time to win some big titles and get some proper recognition.

“I really believe I can do that at super bantamweight.”