WBA world champion Jamie Mcdonnell will have one or two more fights at bantamweight, before moving up to potentially face the likes of Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton.
Those are the thoughts of trainer Dave Coldwell, who predicts that Mcdonnell (27-2-1, 12 KO) will continue fighting in the USA under the Al Haymon banner, as long as the money is right.
Coldwell trains both Jamie and his twin brother Gavin and recently oversaw Jamie’s two world title victories over Japan’s highly rated Tomoki kameda – both fights fought under Al Haymon’s growing platform on PBC.
Coldwell said: “We are looking to get Jamie back out in January and it means we will unfortunately, be stuck in the gym over Christmas. He’s probably going to fight in the USA again, that’s where the money is and Jamie wants to be in those big money fights.
“We’re just in the middle of trying to sort it and we’re looking at the Payano fight, that’s the one I want. You’ve got Yamanaka as well in the division, but he doesn’t offer much other than a belt. Jamie loves collecting belts, but he also wants the money to secure his families future.”
The unbeaten Juan Carlos Payano (17-0 8 KO), of the Dominican Republic, currently holds the ‘super’ title in the WBA ranks and is yet another fighter signed to Al Haymon. Payano recently defeated Rau’shee Warren – an amateur world champion – via a split decision points win to defend his title.
“The Payano fight would be great for Jamie. We’re just waiting at the moment, because apparently the Warren camp are after a rematch – a similar situation to Jamie’s with Kameda. It should all be getting sorted soon though,” Coldwell said.
“After the next one or two fights at bantamweight it might be time for Jamie to move up. If he can come through them, the super bantamweight division is where the big fights are, with the likes of Quigg, Frampton and Ceja waiting – there are plenty of options.
“Obviously the big one domestically would be the winner of Quigg-Frampton, but we will have to see how that one goes first. I doubt Jamie will fight on that undercard, just because Eddie Hearn simply can’t match the money that Haymon can. Facing the winner though is definitely a possibility.”
Matt Horan is a staff writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @mhoran123