Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Jamie McDonnell Confirms He Will Move Up After KO Loss

by Shaun Brown

After his brutal loss to Naoya Inoue in Japan yesterday (May 25) Jamie McDonnell (29-3-1, 13 KOs) has said we will be moving up in weight.

The former WBA bantamweight champion lost his title to the destructive Inoue in just the first round of their bout in Tokyo.

McDonnell, who had been unbeaten since March 2008, was no match for the ruthless aggression of the Japanese superstar who put the Brit down twice before referee Luis Pabon stepped in to save the 32-year-old from further punishment with just over a minute left in the opening session.

inoue-mcdonnell (5)_1

In a brief statement issued after the fight McDonnell said: “I take my hat off to Inoue. He’s a great champion and he’ll go on to achieve even bigger things. I got caught with some big shots. I’ll be moving up from here.”

It's been no secret that McDonnell and his team have wanted to move up in weight for some time. The 5’10 Yorkshireman now has a decision to make, whether to move up four pounds to super bantamweight or even further to 126lbs at featherweight. With McDonnell having entered the ring at 143lbs on the night, and the length of time spent making the bantamweight limit of 118lbs, then jumping two weight divisions might be a sensible move.

And there would be no shortage of opportunities for McDonnell at featherweight should he decide to campaign there. Potential all-British clashes could be the order of the day with the likes of Kid Galahad, Scott Quigg, Carl Frampton and new IBF champion Josh Warrington.

McDonnell's trainer Dave Coldwell, who also trains his twin Gavin, said: "As a champion he accepted the toughest challenge out there to try to claim the credit that’s been missing from his bantamweight reign.

"Gave everything he had to give but was up against an exceptional P4P fighter in Inoue, a great talent who’s going to take some beating.

"Entering the ring at 143lbs without even eating a great deal tells it’s own story so after a break we’ll look for him to become a two weight champion in the next chapter of his career.

"Possibly a run at Featherweight is needed.

"Thanks to everyone for all the supportive messages."

Shaun Brown covers British boxing for Boxing Scene. Contact him on Twitter @sbrown2pt0

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by P4Pdunny on 05-26-2018

surprised people thought that he would be able to give inoue any trouble

Comment by BigZ44 on 05-26-2018

Agree with the people saying he should jump right to 126. Gavin is already at 122, there aren't really any domestic fights for him there and he weighed 144 ****ing pounds for that last fight. 126 has a lot of…

Comment by Letmaku on 05-26-2018

Same day weigh-in will save boxing. Cheaters will be exposed. P4P will go to the midgets. No cherry pickers. No Mexican meat.

Comment by lefthooklead on 05-26-2018

143lbs from an 118lber. Jeeeeeez. That's insane. That's nearly a 24% increase of his weigh in body weight. Mental.

Comment by nycsmooth on 05-26-2018

Moving up to a higher weight will do him no good he will be fighting guys physically larger as well as more punching power ...yseriously think about pulling the plug... he has achieved all he is going to in boxing…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (17)
Top Headlines Koncz: When Pacquiao Event Happens, Doubters Can Eat Words Steven Butler Drops, Stops Carson Jones in Seventh Round Ambo Decisions Ligas; Andales Outpoints Lausa in Bacoor City Hammer: Fight With Shields Will Be Biggest Women's Fight Ever McGuigan Not Worried About Josh Taylor vs. Jose Ramirez in U.S. Hearn: At This Stage, I Believe Wilder Does NOT Want Joshua Fight! Usyk-Gassiev: Chudinov, Shafikov, Ponomarev, Andreev on Card Murray: I'm Willing To Face Saunders - If There is Insurance Miguel Berchelt Warns Roman: Now I Will Take Your Head Off! Josh Taylor: I Started Very Poorly, I Thought Postol Was Slower Parker Very Confident His Chin Will Take Dillian Whyte's Power Golovkin Promoter: Rematch Can Rehabilitate Canelo's Image Anthony Yarde: Mike Tyson Built His Career, I’ve Got To Do That Ohara Davies is Ready: Jack Catterall is Next on My Hitlist! Waseem Continues Training Hard For Mthalane IBF Title Clash Dubois: It's Risky For Both - But I Favor Wilder To Beat Joshua Arum: If Pacquiao Fight Fall Out, I'll Try For Crawford-Matthysse Thulani Mbenge Stops Diego Chaves in Seven To Grab IBO Belt Miguel Roman Smashes Marcano in Two, Sets Up Berchelt Shot Pacquiao Coach: We Found Several Defects in Matthysse's Style Miguel Berchelt Crushes Jonathan Barros in Three Rounds Vergil Ortiz Blasts Out Juan Carlos Salgado in Three Rounds Murat Gassiev: Location Will Hold No Advantage Against Usyk Joseph Diaz vs. Jesus Rojas in Play For August 11 Josh Taylor Drops, Decisions Viktor Postol in Tough Fight Martin Murray Beats Garcia By Decision in Foul-Filled Fight Josh Taylor vs. Viktor Postol - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Tony Yoka Breaks Down, Batters, Stops David Allen in Tenth Anthony Yarde Punishes Dariusz Sek, Wins By 7th-Round TKO Daniel Dubois Batters Tom Little, Stops Him in Fifth Round Ohara Davies Drills Paul Kamanga In Two, Claims WBC Regional Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Young Gil Bae on July 21 in Thailand Isaac Zarate Edges Ramiro Robles Over Eight in Tough fight Vergil Ortiz Eager To Show Off Skills With Robert Garcia in Corner Photos: Claressa Shields Dropped and Tested, Beats Gabriels Martin Murray is Confident: Roberto Garcia is Made For Me Postol: I Was Really Surprised Taylor Took This Tough of a Fight Joseph Parker Laughs off Dillian Whyte's "Running" Comments Spence Wants Legacy Like Leonard, Ali, Robinson, Mayweather Daily Bread Mailbag: Canelo-GGG, Hopkins, Spence, Hurd-Charlo
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement