14th June 2011
|Trainer Jim McDonnell – jimmymcdonnell.com|
Asked by show host Barkery Jammeh if DeGales name calling and the disrespect shown towards Groves in the build up to the fight, had any bearing on the out come and result.
|McDonnell with DeGale|
“But out of that one loss you can learn more than 10 victories, you know you cant fight the nation, you cant fight the public. I think public perception had a lot to do with the out-come of that fight
He won a European title during this run before getting his chance to fight for a world title. Unfortunately Jim was facing a great Super-featherweight champion in Brian Mitchell. Mitchell had only lost one fight against Jacob Morake and this defeat was avenged an amazing three times.
McDonnell lost the fight over 12 rounds at a packed Elephant & Castle but rebounded with two more wins including a 4th round stoppage ending Barry McGuigan’s career.
Challenging once more for the World Super-Featherweight title Jim faced off with another ring legend in the great Azumah Nelson and lost by 12th round stoppage but was leading on the scorecards at the time.
Jim was extremely unlucky not to win a World title and would surely have won one in today’s climate and no doubt could have won the IBF or WBO during his career but he was adamant he only wanted to fight for the WBC or WBA titles as the IBF and WBO at that time were fledgling sanctioning bodies. After retiring from boxing Jim continues to have great success as a trainer and is probably one of the best trainers in the world today famously masterminding Danny Williams’ victory over Mike Tyson.
He fought 5 World Champs defeated 3 of them. Fought twice for world title losing epic battles to Brian Mitchell and Azumah Nelson who is widely thought of as the best ever African boxer at any weight.
After retiring from the ring in 1998 he turned to training and has carved out another stella career being feared, respected and loved by many fine athletes. He maintains his own fitness to the very highest standard both as a benchmark for his ‘students’ but also for his own self esteem. read more about Jim McDonnell and his career at www.jimmymcdonnell.com