Advertisement
Advertisement

Jones Explains Why He Passed on Khan For Brook Clash

By Phil D. Jay

Highly-ranked welterweight Carson Jones has explained to WBN his reasons for choosing a possible IBF title eliminator against Kell Brook in Sheffield, over a 140lb world title tilt against Brook’s rival Amir Khan on May 19th in Las Vegas. Jones was approached about replacing Lamont Peterson, who tested positive for a banned substance in a pre-fight drug test.

The 25 year-old, who will travel to Sheffield in the summer to battle Brook on July 7th at the Motorpoint Arena, has never fought at less than 145lbs and will not be attempting cut weight at short notice for any fight in the future.

“There was an offer from Khan’s Team and in a perfect world, it would have been possible,” Jones clarified to World Boxing News.

 “But there was no way I would make 140lbs. It’s a weight I have never ever been anywhere near and to make it in less than 2 weeks would be impossible so I said no.”

The Oklahoma fighter is currently enjoying a run of eight straight stoppages since suffering his eighth career defeat to Rogerio Periera in September 2010 and is ready to upset the odds and gain a shot at the winner of Mike Jones v Randall Bailey on June 9th.

“Kell brook is a decent fighter, but he’s fought no one at all that I am impressed with,” stated Jones.

“His record ‘looks good’ and ‘sounds good’ on paper, but we in the business know better than that. I have no problem fighting in his backyard, that’s the story of my life and it’s what I’ve done my whole career.

“When it comes down to it, if you can fight nothing else matters and I am going into the fight predicting a knockout. That’s what I’ve been doing lately, knocking people out, so I’m not gonna change a thing!”

Jones is unsure at the moment whether the fight will be given official IBF eliminator status, but hopes that the organization will recognize that the two fighters are ranked in the top five and sanction the fight accordingly.

“No assurances have been made just yet, but I trust the IBF and I believe they will make this fight an eliminator for the #1 spot and mandatory for the champion, whoever that may be after June 9th.

“Only God knows the future, but I believe with hard work and discipline, God will continue to bless me and I will be a world champion by the end of the year,” he added.

Phil D. Jay covers boxing for worldboxingnews.net

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by D-MiZe on 05-11-2012

I'm really looking forward to this and the Proksa-Hope rematch. The undercard should be stacked too (at least for a big Brit boxing fan like meh).

Comment by ManOnTheMoon on 05-11-2012

biggest test yet for Brook, this is going to be an good, competitive fight.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Ogogo To Eubank Jr: After Golovkin Bashes You Up - I'll Be Ready! Sergio Martinez: Canelo Made Smart Business Move With GGG Nick Blackwell Blown Away By David Haye's Generous Donation Miguel Marriaga vs. Guy Robb WBO Eliminator on August 27th DiBella Thinks Female Pro Boxing Hits Major U.S. TV in 2016 Porter Plots Fall Return, Wants Immediate Thurman Rematch Hearn: Amir Khan Will NEVER Be The Same, NEVER Face Brook Whyte: Don't Be Shocked if Shannon Briggs Drills David Haye Wilder vs. Joshua Will Be Built Up as SHO PPV, Says Hearn Danny Garcia Hits Back at Keith Thurman With Sneaky Reply Haskins vs. Hall is Likely For Brook-Vargas or Golovkin-Eubank Koncz: If Pacquiao Returns, Crawford Not a Thought - Never Was! Mikey Garcia Names Terry Flanagan as Potential Target at 135 Froch Thinks Golovkin Will Struggle With Ramirez, 168 Power Arum: Manny Pacquiao Wants To Fight Again, Not Sure He Can Yet Klitschko Manager Wants Full Investigation on Fury Doping Claim Roman Gonzalez, Carlos Cuadras Trade Heated Words Oscar Valdez Ready For The Danger of Hard Punching Rueda Ryan Martin To Make Ring Return on Wilder vs. Arreola Card Povetkin Holds Meeting With WBC: Awaits Decision on Wilder Golovkin, Eubank Jr. Should Sign By This Weekend, Says Hearn SHO's Espinoza: Canelo-GGG in "Fall 2017" Was To Stop Bleeding Photos: Mario Barrios Putting in Work For World Title Eliminator Roman Gonzalez Focused on Cuadras Next, For The Right Price Parker's Promoter: Anthony Joshua Will Eat The Jab All Night! Cecilia Braekhus Returns, Tops First Card in Norway Since 1980 Manuel Avila Continues Unbeaten Run at Cache Creek Casino Smith's Trainer: We Can Beat Canelo, But Will The Judges Agree? News: Boxeo Telemundo Update; Skeete-Lepelley; Jay Harris Thurman Might Make Mandatory Defense Against Avanesyan Next Jonathan Guzman Ready For Wake Title Shot Rabchenko Handed IBF Eliminator On Santa Cruz-Frampton Card Hurd Wants Foes Like Bundrage, Ishe Smith For Upcoming Fights DiBella: Wilder vs. Joshua is Inevitable in Future, But Not Now Canelo Alvarez vs. Liam Smith is NOT a Bad Fight, Explains Hearn Haye: Bellew Fight Must Be at Heavyweight, He Must Add Weight Anthony Mundine Back in Talks For Danny Green Rematch Knockout CP Freshmart Decisions Rojas In A Stinker Ganigan Lopez vs. Jonathan Taconing Will Be a War, Says WBC Joseph Parker Ready To Take November Date For Anthony Joshua
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement