Dave Coldwell removed himself from his busy schedule at the weekend to catch up on the world title action from Chicago as Rau’Shee Warren arrived with a narrow points verdict over Juan Carlos Payano. Coldwell was overseeing a scouting mission for bantamweight charge, Jamie McDonnell, who could well find himself going up against the talented American in a compelling fight where Coldwell insists his man would start favourite.
“It was a solid win for Warren but one that doesn’t really worry myself or Jamie,” revealed Coldwell. “He made a good start and built himself a good lead and it was obvious he learnt the lessons from the first fight which shows he can adapt. Payano is someone we’ve looked at for Jamie before and is a good fighter but I still think that Jamie is the man in the division and that his size and fitness plus his underrated boxing ability which is getting better and better would be enough against Warren. People forget that I’ve only been with Jamie for five minutes and he’s still learning stuff every single training session with me. We’re already at the top end of the division and he’s only going to get better.”
Coldwell added, “By beating Tomoki Kameda twice last year, Jamie proved to everyone, many doubters included, that he was a boxer of the highest standard and he proved it by going away and getting two sensational results. He’s earned his spot near the top of this division and he wants to maintain it by beating the biggest and best names around because he’s someone who performs better when the challenge is bigger. I’ve said before his accomplishments haven’t been given the credit they deserve but surely that has to change if he keeps adding to his honours. Warren would be a good start and it’s a fight we’d definitely like.”