Powerful artillery from Thai fighter

Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat
Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat

Jamie McDonnell’s opponent is somewhat of an unknown quantity in western boxing circles.

The majority of the bantamweight division - certainly at the elite level - is made up of fighters from the east.

Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat is one such boxer flying the flag for Thailand.

With 52 wins from 54 fights and impressive 34 stoppages from those victories, Na Rachawat has an imposing record.

But Saturday’s bout will be his first outside his native land.

His recent opponents have hardly been impressive also. In two fights so far in 2014, Na Rachawat has fought and defeated a debutant plus he went the distance with a fighter with experience of one professional fight and a defeat at that.

In the last three years, he has fought just four opponents with winning records in his 16 fights.

The 31-year-old nevertheless is an imposing and dangerous opponent for McDonnell.

He will give up a considerable height advantage to the Hatfield fighter but his power will make him a considerable threat if he can get within range.

Na Rachawat does not appear typically mobile, preferring to stand his ground in the centre of the ring and invite the opponent on.

His shots pack the power his record would suggest and he looks to go for the bigger punches rather than working off the jab, ensuring a lower work rate.