McDonnell excited ahead of Wembley world title tilt

Jamie McDonnell
Jamie McDonnell

Destiny is calling him.

Jamie McDonnell will step out at Wembley Stadium to the sound of The Killers and 80,000 people on Saturday night, back on the road to world title glory.

A little more than a year on from winning the IBF crown, the Hatfield fighter will chase a second world title, the WBA belt against Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat.

A rollercoaster 12 months which saw him stripped of the IBF title will culminate with Saturday’s clash on the undercard of the huge rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves.

For McDonnell, this is the opportunity he has longed for to get his career back on track.

And he is not about to let it slip.

“I got to the pinnacle, right to the top of the world and I’m desperate to get back there,” McDonnell said.

“It feels like a long year since I won the IBF title and it’s been building towards this.

“There’s been a lot of tough times since I won the title, a lot of things out of my control that have held me back.

“But I’m really excited now this fight is here and I can’t wait to get in there and take care of business.

“This opponent is a very tough kid who’s stopped plenty of kids so I’ve got to be on it.

“But I will be. I’ve been flying in training and I’m ready to go. I’m ready to win it.”

Beyond his world title bout, McDonnell is delighted to be part of the biggest night in British boxing in decades.

With just five bouts on the bill, the 28-year-old has been placed among the country’s elite fighters.

He said: “I’ve been a world champion already but to be put in the same company as Anthony Joshua, Kevin Mitchell and James DeGale on this undercard is a big deal.

“It shows I’ve been recognised as a top fighter and I’m ready to go out and prove I’m worthy of that.

“I’ll probably never box in front of 80,000 people again.

“It’s a privilege to be on this bill and I’m going to take the opportunity with box hands.”