The rocky road to Jamie McDonnell’s super fight

Jamie McDonnell
Jamie McDonnell

Jamie McDonnell will likely breathe a huge sigh of relief when the first bell rings for his clash with Tomoki Kameda on Saturday night in Texas.

Despite the fact he will be facing an undefeated former world champion in a bout which will decide which direction his career will take, the bout itself is likely to be a much more simple affair than the build-up to it for the Doncaster fighter.

It started when the WBO blocked original plans for the bout to be a title unification fight. The organisation declared they did not recognise McDonnell as the WBA champion, due to Juan Carlos Payano’s status as ‘super’ champion.

In order to fight McDonnell, Kameda has relinquished his WBO crown with the fight now set to be a non-title affair.

Then came the last minute hitch which saw McDonnell travel to Texas without his main trainer. Coach Dave Hulley’s deathly fear of flying saw him miss the flight to San Antonio a fortnight ago.

McDonnell’s manager Dave Coldwell flew out to oversee the last week of training. Tony Bellew, who Coldwell also trains, went along to continue with his camp and was not too happy with being taken away from his family for two weeks, as he made clear on Twitter.

On Monday, McDonnell’s camp switched from San Antonio to Hidalgo where the fight will take place.

But the bus carrying the group broke down in the middle of nowhere en route.

At least he is in Hidalgo and now just has the simple task of his first fight on US terrestrial television against a world class opponent.