Jamie McDonnell feels he has had the last laugh after winning his second world title.
The Hatfield fighter produced a stunning tenth round knockout of the tough Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat to capture the WBA bantamweight title at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night.
After the controversial stripping of his IBF world title last October, which came in the midst of a bitter split from long-time manager Dennis Hobson, McDonnell feels he is back on track.
“I’m over the moon,” he told The Star. “I felt a bit of pressure. If I’d have got beat, how would I have come back?
“There were so many doubters, so many people writing me off and slagging me off. If I’d have lost they would have had the last laugh.
“I felt the need to prove them all wrong and I’ve gone and done it. I’ve had the last laugh. I’ve proved them wrong in a bit of style as well.
“I felt in control, I boxed the kid’s head off and then the knockout came. I couldn’t have asked for a better performance.
“I’m a two time world champion and things are looking up.”
The 28-year-old admitted being surprised by the knockout punch, a crisp left hook after slipping Na Rachawat.
He said: “It’s a good feeling. When the referee waved it off I was over the moon but I didn’t know what to do so I just jumped on the ropes.
“Normally you’re building up and throwing punches before they go and your adrenaline is pumping.
“But with this is was a one-shot knock down, there was no build-up.
“I was bursting with excitement but I just didn’t know what to do.”
McDonnell hopes to fight another of the bantamweight world champions in a unification bout before the end of the year.
He is likely to be back in action in September, sharing a card with British champion twin brother Gavin for the first time,