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Jones: I can’t afford to lose, I want a title shot


Carson Jones is hoping that he can halt the rise of the British prospect, Ted Cheeseman, at The O2 in London on Saturday.

Jones is no stranger to fighting in the UK, having twice squared off against Kell Brook, before beating both Brian Rose and Ben Hall.

At 31 years old, Jones, still hopes he can claim a world title shot, and with the WBA International Super-Welterweight title up for grabs on Saturday he aims to take full advantage.

“I can’t afford to lose,” said Jones. “Beating Cheeseman puts me in the limelight and opens doors for bigger fights. A World title shot is something I still want before I quit.

“The years that go by mature you and I am closer to the end now. I’m not done, but I’ve been in this game for years.

“I like to knock guys out. That’s what I’m known for when I win fights. That’s always my goal – If it’s not a knockout, I’m not happy.”

Cheeseman claimed the English Super-Welterweight title in 2017, and at 12-0 has yet to face anyone with the skills or experience of Jones — and the American veteran aims to take full advantage.

“He’s just 22 years old and hasn’t fought competition like me,” said Jones. “It will be a good fight for me, and a win propels me into a bigger fight.

“I couldn’t get my music to work while I was working out recently, I found a full fight of Ted’s for the first time and watched it. He’s not a bad fighter! I have my work cut out, but I’ve been preparing professionally to get the job done.”

World title hopes aside; Jones has also recently found motivation in defeat. In his last outing Jones faced Antonio Margarito in Mexico, and although Jones was controlling the fight, Margarito suffered a cut after an accidental head clash and was handed a technical decision victory.

“I was robbed against Margarito,” said Jones. “It happens too much in boxing. I was on my way to stopping him; he couldn’t stand up during one of the rounds. They found a way to steal the fight from me.

“Mexico is the only place on earth where you can quit on your stool and still win. It’s in the past, it’s a defeat on my record through a TD, and I have to soldier on.

“I had a tick over fight a couple of weeks ago. I had nothing on the table at the time, so it was to stay busy, a few weeks after it was made Eddie got in touch and we made this fight. Rather than pulling out, we wanted to build some momentum. I was back in the gym the next day preparing for Cheeseman.

“I always come over to bring it, and it won’t be any different. It’ll be a good show.”

Julio Martinez
Mexican tough kid. Lover of intoxicating liquids. Student of the sweet science.