London - JOHN O’Donnell is determined to show that he is the best 10st 7lb fighter in Britain when he battles with Irish welterweight champion Stephen Haughian on December 1 at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast.
The 27-year-old from Shepherd’s Bush in London lost a British title challenge to Craig Watson last year but is determined to prove his career is back on track when he faces Haughian over eight rounds on the supporting bill to unbeaten heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury’s showdown with former world title challenger Kevin Johnson in Belfast.
O’Donnell, a former Commonwealth champion, says he is a new man ahead of his return to the ring against Haughian.
O’Donnell commented: “I believe I’m the best welterweight in Britain, I know people think that my best is behind me and they think that because of my loss to Craig Watson and I understand that so I have a point to prove on December 1.
“I know that Frankie Gavin has the British title but he wouldn’t fight me. He’ll stay clear of me unless I can become the number one challenger for the British title.
“When I lost to Watson I had a lot of problems, I knew after three or four rounds that I was going to lose the fight but those things are behind me and now I’m in the shape of my life and I’m going to Belfast to make a statement, to show people that I’m back and I mean business.
“I know that I can win the British title if I’m given the chance and I can go all the way to a world title fight. I’ve got a great team around me including promoter Mick Hennessy and I know he can take me to the top.”