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Boxing: Jamie McDonnell relishing world title fight at Wembley Stadium

Last Updated: 26/05/14 8:48pm

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Jamie McDonnell

Jamie McDonnell

Doncaster's Jamie McDonnell admits fighting on the undercard of Carl Froch-George Groves II at Wembley Stadium will be a special occasion for him.

McDonnell is bidding to become a two-time world champion when he faces Pan Asian boxing champion Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat of Thailand for the vacant WBA bantamweight strap.

The 28-year-old was stripped of the IBF title he won after defeating Julio Ceja at Doncaster's Keepmoat Stadium last year after a subsequent contractual breach.

McDonnell joined Carl Froch at a public work-out in Nottingham on Monday where he insisted he is desperate to once again become a world champion.

He said: "What a great turnout. There's got be at least 2000 people here, more than at some of my fights, but it's a privilege to be here with Carl Froch doing what we do best.

"It gives you that little buzz. I can't imagine what it's going to be like coming out to 80,000 people (at Wembley Stadium). It's going to be tremendous and a privilege to be a part of.

"This is my chance to get my life back on track. I got stripped of the world title now I've got to prove myself again. I do believe I'm still a world champion and I'll go out and prove that and pick up my second belt.

"It's been a hard road back. I got to the pinnacle, right to the top and I had it taken away from me. Eddie has got me a shot at the WBA title and I'm going to take it with both hands."

Former European super bantamweight champion Spencer Oliver is backing McDonnell to emerge victorious from his clash with Na Rachawat.

"I've seen a few of his (Rachawat's) fights," Oliver said. "He seems really tough, likes to come forward, likes to work the body but he's a little bit slow and a little bit ponderous.

"McDonnell we know has got good speed of hand and good speed of foot and I think that's the key to success in this fight."

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