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Jamie McDonnell Aims To Unify Division, Then Move Up

Jamie McDonnell has vowed to produce a career-best display when he attempts to regain a world title at Wembley.

McDonnell will battle Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat for the vacant WBA bantamweight belt on the undercard of Carl Froch-George Groves II on Saturday May 31, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

The Doncaster man defeated Julio Ceja on points to claim the IBF title just over a year ago, but his belt was taken away after he failed to agree a defence.

Victory in the capital will push McDonnell back amongst the top names in the division and he intends to surpass his impressive win over Ceja.

"You can expect the best of me. I want to put in the best performance I have ever done, especially in front of all these people," he told the Ringside Toe 2 Toe podcast.

"When I win a world title back, it's a stepping stone. I want to unify this division before I move up, so it all happens on the 31st at Wembley."

The 31-year-old Rachawat has the experience of 54 fights, over twice as many as McDonnell, with his last defeat coming back in 2010.

But wins over current IBF king Stuart Hall and world title challenger Stephane Jamoye have proven the Yorkshireman's ability and he doubts whether his Thai opponent has fought at the same level.

"Everything is going perfect. We're into the last week, so it's just tapering down," he said. "All the hard work has been done, it's on a massive bill at Wembley, and I'm just really looking forward to it.

"He likes to scrap, he only looks quite small, he's got a good record, but we'll test that when we get in there. I don't think he's been in with the best of opposition, but his record shows he's good.

"I'm just going to hit him and move, play it cool and hopefully break him down."

McDonnell won his world title at Doncaster's Keepmoat Stadium, but cannot compare this experience to the prospect of fighting at England's most famous football ground.

The Froch-Groves rematch tops a massive night for British boxing and he hopes to soak up the big-fight atmosphere after lifting the WBA crown.

"This is a whole new level, hopefully 80,000 people in there. It's going to be a lot warmer than it was on that May night last year, when it was pretty freezing," said McDonnell.

"It's going to be an amazing night. I'm not sure what order everything is but hopefully I'll be on pretty early, get it out of the way, and really enjoy the moment.

"It's a massive event and I'm just really looking forward to it."

Book Froch v Groves II: Unfinished Business now, online at skysports.com/frochgroves2 or via your telephone on 08442 410888.

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