Jamie McDonnell made the fourth successful defense of his European bantamweight title with a second round body shot knockout of Spain's Ivan Pozo today in Sheffield, and talk has now turned to how soon the Doncaster fighter will be ready for a world title shot.
When asked by Sky Sports if he's ready for the step, McDonnell was reserved, but sounded ready to make the move.
"Definitely, but I'd like to have a good 10 or 12 hard rounds. But I'm not complaining if I get them out. I just got rid of him," said McDonnell.
"I would think he's still two fights away. I agree with what he says. He needs a good test against a top international bantamweight," said promoter Frank Maloney.
"This kid," Maloney continued, "is definitely the future of bantamweights in this country."
Not only the future, but obviously the present, and he's proven himself to date the class of the European title scene over the last few years.
The fight was perhaps a bit too easy for McDonnell (19-2-1, 8 KO), who towered over Pozo (32-7-1, 20 KO) and took advantage of his size. Pozo really offered little in return, and as soon as McDonnell figured out he wasn't going to be tested, he got the fight over and done with, to his credit, and didn't play around with an overmatched foe.
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