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‘He’s bitten off more than he can chew’ – Camero tells Paddy Donovan he has stepped up too soon

Jumanne Camero [10(3)-6(0)] has warned Paddy Donovan [4(3)-0] that he may have bitten off more than he can chew ahead of their showdown on next week’s #MTKFightNight event.

Donovan takes a sizable step up when he takes on the former Southern Area champion at Production Park Studios in Wakefield on Wednesday 11 November.

The Steve Goodwin managed fighter respects the former standout amateur, but current pro novice’s walk the walk approach – and is aware he faces a naturally skilled stylist.

However, he does think he represents too far a step up the ladder and is confident he will slow down the Top Rank fighters charge toward world title success.

“He and most people think he is the real deal. He obviously has had a great deal of amateur fights and will be bringing a lot of skill to the table,” said Camero.

“I think he is ready for a step up and I like that he doesn’t just talk about doing it but is also walking the walk. That said, I think they have bitten off a little more than they can chew. If he’s as good as he’s being touted then this will be an exhilarating fight,” he adds before warning the young Limerick prospect against overlooking him.

“He’s talking about being a world champion by 24, and a statement like that was certainly thought prior to him fighting me. It’s nothing more than adding a timeframe to it, but if is overlooking me then it would only be in my favour.”

Camero would represent a threat for most novice pros. The 25-year-old has upset previous and a reputation for pushing some domestic level fighters.

More notably the former area champ has forged this reputation from short notice fights and comes into this bout with ample time to prepare.

Manager Steve Goodwin also hints the Londoner has used lockdown to work on certain things and is confident his fighter will be more than just tricky test for Donovan.

When confirming the fight was made on Ring Talk  Goodwin said: “All that I will say to anyone out there is forget what you’ve seen before do not write Jumanne off in this fight.

“Trust me he will be bringing something here to this fight…I will not be surprised if we see a big big upset in this fight. This will be the best Jumanne Camero we’ve ever seen.

“He is not going there as a journeyman, not going to make up the numbers and this kid is going to have plenty to handle. We will see if he is the Real Deal or not. I hope we don’t get stiffed by the judge or the ref.”

‘The Real Deal’ Donovan has impressed since turning over. The Top Rank prospect has looked better against entry level foe than other fighters at a similar stage of their career.

November 11 is a step or two above the normal next step, but such is the talent of the former underage standout, that Andy Lee and co have faith it’s a jump he can make.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com