Jamie McDonnell’s ordered fight with WBA ‘super’ champ Rau’shee Warren could land in the UK, according to South Yorkshire trainer Dave Coldwell.
Doncaster’s McDonnell (28-2-1, 13KO) currently holds the ‘regular’ WBA world title, while Warren (14-1, 4 KO) recently won the ‘super’ version after beating Juan Carlos Payano at the second attempt. The WBA began a 30-day deadline on negotiations at the start of July to enforce their initiative to have one champion per weight class.
Many would expect the fight to take place stateside with Warren advised by mega-manager Al Haymon who has also worked with McDonnell’s team in the past when the Brit twice defeated Tomoki Kameda in the USA.
Coldwell though has suggested that this is no guarantee and a UK fight could well be on the cards.
“Firstly, as much as Jamie would love to fight in the USA again, he’s not bothered where he goes as long as the fight happens,” Coldwell exclusively told World Boxing News.
“The problem at the minute is that Haymon has all of a sudden put a reign in on his purse strings and is being a little more careful with his money and offering wages that aren’t quite good enough. Because of that, the fight could happen over here.
“But then it’s a two-way thing and a lot of the Americans don’t want to come here or think they won’t get paid enough for it, so it becomes difficult to finalise.
“As long as it happens we don’t care and I am confident that Jamie beats him. The first few rounds may be tricky with Warren’s speed and sharpness, but Jamie will soon grind him down.”
McDonnell, 30, has perhaps been one of Britain’s most impressive fighters over the past few years, but still he does not seem to receive the plaudits and recognition he deserves, according to Coldwell.
As well as his WBA belt, the Yorkshire man is a former holder of the IBF title, before being abruptly stripped and would also have the WBO belt if Tomoki Kameda had not vacated it before their first fight last year.
“We just need the big fights for Jamie now so as one of Britain’s best fighters, he can start getting the credit and recognition he deserves. He will face anyone and we will move up if we have to and when we inevitably go to super-bantamweight that is where you will see the best of him.
“Jamie was all about making the most money before, but now he wants the big fights and is annoyed himself – as he has achieved much more than most fighters out there.
“A big domestic clash often gets more attention these days and Jamie will face Scott Quigg, Lee Haskins or Stuart Hall and he will beat them all. Jamie was a kid when he first fought Haskins and is a totally different fighter now.
“Quigg is a very good fighter but what I am seeing in the gym from Jamie, I would love to see that fight and we would be 100% confident of winning – that would get him the respect.
“We weren’t messing when we asked to face Rigondeaux either. Jamie is on another level now and still improving all the time and it’s about time he got the appreciation and adulation he deserves.”
Matt Horan is lead writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @mhoran123