Jamie McDonnell targets world title within year

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THIS time next year Jamie McDonnell wants to be a world champion.

The Hatfield treble bantamweight champion turned 26 last week and realises that he’s approaching his peak years as a fighter.

“I’m getting as good as I’m ever going to be,” he told The Star. “I’d like to think that I’ll be celebrating my birthday next year as a world champion.

“It’s probably going to come in one or two fights and it might even come around for a world title fight some time near my birthday next year which would be great.”

McDonnell’s last opponent Ivan Pozo proved to be no match at all. McDonnell smashed him to the body and the fight was over in the second round.

A tougher fight is on the agenda now and McDonnell’s hopeful of hearing news shortly. He would like to fight a North or South American opponent, ideally a Mexican.

He said: “I told Dennis Hobson (Jamie’s manager) that that’s the sort of fight I want and that I want to have it in Doncaster. Whoever it’ll be it’ll be a tough fight but I’ll come through and then I can look at fighting for the WBC belt.

“When I get a date I’ll be back in the gym and be raring to go.”

McDonnell has a trapped nerve in his leg which is stopping him from doing any roadwork but he’s keeping busy working on an extension to his house.

McDonnell’s Mexborough stablemates, including Stuart Brookes, are all set to fight in Doncaster on June 8.