Jamie McDonnell plans to enjoy Christmas before deciding whether to quit the bantamweight division in the New Year.
McDonnell defended his version of the WBA title for a fifth time on Sportsclubsociety at the weekend, winning a points decision against tough Venezuelan Liborio Solis in Monte Carlo.
Solis hurt the champion early in the fight and the unanimous verdict – particularly the 117-111 scorecard of one judge – raised eyebrows among some ringside observers.
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But McDonnell says he was always “95 per cent” sure he had won, and his thoughts now will turn to the possibility of stepping up to super-bantam, where the likes of Scott Quigg await.
He told Sportsclubsociety News HQ: “I’m going to sit down with my manager Dave Coldwell.
“I might move up and start tackling some of the names at super-bantamweight or I might stay at bantamweight for one more fight, but I’m going to enjoy Christmas now.”
McDonnell has watched Saturday’s fight back and concedes he “started slow”, but the pre-fight blueprint always involved breaking down Solis over the full 12 rounds.
“We knew it would be a 12-round fight,” he said. “The kid’s tough, he’s strong, that’s why we picked him. We picked him for 12 rounds and that’s exactly what we got.
“It worked out a lot tougher than we thought, but it’s just what I needed to bring me on.
“I was probably 95 per cent confident I’d won the fight, and I was a bit disheartened when I came out and started hearing people had it a draw or me getting beat. In the fight I felt comfortable doing what I was doing.
“The judges are there to score the fight. One was a little bit wide, but that’s how he saw it. They’re there to do the job and they had me as their winner. That’s what I thought – I believe I won the fight.”