Jamie McDonnell: It’s time to make history

Jamie McDonnell: This is a massive occasion to show i'm the best in the world
Jamie McDonnell: This is a massive occasion to show i'm the best in the world

The prospect of claiming a piece of history has Jamie McDonnell focussed like never before.

On Saturday night, under the stars at the Keepmoat, McDonnell will become the first Doncaster boxer to fight for a world title when he meets Julio Ceja.

And the thought of that has brought the often wayward Hatfield bantamweight firmly on track.

Booze and food has often distracted the 27-year-old over his eight year professional career and a lack of endeavour threatened to scupper a promising future.

Presented with the biggest prize in the sport, McDonnell has knuckled down with trainer Dave Hulley cracking the whip.

And he says it feels good to be heading into a fight without any worries over his condition.

He said: “I had the last checkweight on Tuesday and I absolutely nailed it.

“We’ve nailed the training and the diet – it couldn’t have gone better.

“Normally I’d come in with my head down because the diet hasn’t been going so well so it’s great not to have that worry.

“Dave moved in with me and that has definitely helped because he’s not let me get away with anything.

“I knew from the start of this camp that everything had to be spot on and it has been. I’m ready to make history and I’ve never been more ready.

“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.”