TITLE BECKONS FOR CONNOR LEE JONES

TITLE BECKONS FOR  CONNOR LEE JONES

Connor Lee Jones’ pursuit of the Midlands super featherweight title will resume after his return to action.

That time will come on BCB Promotions’ next show in Wolverhampton, at the Hangar Events Venue (Pearson Street), on the Sunday afternoon of December 12.

He had been granted an opportunity at the area lightweight crown with co-challenger Lee Beresford, who pulled out with the clash postponed and Luke Jones coming in.

The pandemic put paid to that meeting, but he’s been put forward for Midlands honours at super feather, which is also vacant, against a yet-to-be specified opponent.

Jones has been told to be ready in early 2022, so he’s doubly keen to blow away the cobwebs and improve his pro record to 6-0.

The 25-year-old, from Dudley, encountered little resistance over those five victories, all of them four-round points whitewashes.

Liam Richards, Kristian Laight, Ibrar Riyaz, Dean Jones and Qasim Hussain got nothing out of Jones, who is now looking to step up his game.

The highly-rated prospect was a successful amateur, who came through the ranks at Lions Boxing Club in Dudley, under the watchful eye of Team GB guru Bob Dillon.

Jones bagged ABA All-England honours in 2013 and was a part of the GB junior squad, also boxing for England in the unpaid ranks, before turning pro in 2018.

He now has ex-pros Richard Ghent and Robert Wright in his corner, training out of the RG Box Fit gym in Bilston, Wolverhampton.

And he became a father, for the second time, during the pandemic, with 10-month-old daughter Vienna joining sister Romy-Lee, 3, born to him and mum Demi.

Jones said: “I’ve had a lot of time out of the ring, but there are a lot of us who are in the same boat. I’m just glad to be out, before the end of the year, to get the rust off.

“I feel like I’ll only need one, to get the win and then push for that Midlands title shot, at long last, next year. I can see that being at super featherweight.

“It’s the third opponent that’s been put to me, it hasn’t come off twice, but I’ll be chasing to make sure there’s a chance for me this time, maybe even in January or February.

“This one is about reminding people that I’m still here and, in a way, the break from fighting and just being in the gym has done me good.

“I went straight from the amateurs to being a pro, so I was pretty flat out, and I feel like I’ve grown into a little man now, with a lot more power.

“I always stick to my boxing but, with my style, I’m confident that the stoppages will come, particularly against better opponents. They should bring the best out of me.

“I’ve kept my fitness up, just through my job initially. I’m a roofer, so I’ve pretty much worked all through the pandemic. Physically, I’ve stayed in shape.

“I just can’t wait to get back in there and show everyone what I’m all about. This gets the ball rolling for what I’m looking to do next year.”

Tickets for the Hangar bill are available, priced at £40 standard or £75 VIP ringside with buffet, directly from the boxers or by visiting myfighttickets.com.

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