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.”