Dave Coldwell takes Jamie McDonnell to Monaco next weekend eager to enhance the reputation of a fighter he believes is one of the best that British boxing has to offer.
McDonnell, ranked highly at bantamweight following two excellent wins over outstanding Japanese man, Tomoki Kameda, sees his lofty position being threatened by dangerous Venezuelan, Liborio Solis, and Coldwell and his charge are working harder than ever to ensure that all their efforts to secure massive fights next year are not undone via the heavy hands of the South American.
“I’ve had a good look at Solis and this is a real test for Jamie,” revealed Coldwell. “Some of his losses came early in his career and the only guy to beat him recently is the brilliant Shinsuke Yamanaka which was earlier this year. He’s had two wins since and his confidence of getting the win will more than likely be high because he had Yamanaka in all sorts of trouble early on their fight and he has a lot of power that Jamie will have to watch out for. He can be outboxed and he can definitely be outworked so I want Jamie to set a high pace behind his jab but he has to stay switched on at all times. Solis has shown that he has world class power and that he can hurt anyone so Jamie will need to concentrate and not get caught with anything silly.”
If victorious against Solis, Coldwell is desperate for McDonnell to take part in big nights and believes his man can compete with stars north of the bantamweight league where he currently resides.
He added, “Jamie is huge at bantam and he’s got a big frame that could easily see him at super bantam or maybe even beyond that. We made some noise about fighting Scott Quigg but it doesn’t look like that can happen but there’s still a few big names that stand out so a big fight for Jamie in 2017 is what we want to put our efforts into. Right now, the immediate target is Solis on November 12th and Jamie has to look good and get the job done.”