INTRODUCING… KYLE JONES

If it wasn’t for a chance night out at the fights, it’s likely that Welsh boxing would’ve lost Kyle Jones for good and the welterweight wouldn’t have fought again. The 20-year-old will make his professional debut on Sanigar Events’ ‘Repeat Or Revenge’ show at the Merthyr Leisure Centre on July 11th and his return from a two year absence is thanks to a moment of realisation at ringside. Jones recalled, “I wasn’t going to get back in to boxing but I went to a show around Christmas time. I was sat there, looking around and I just thought, I’ve got the ability of everyone else on the show… what am I doing? Why not go pro? “I’m 20 and I’ve boxed all of my life, since I was 11 years old. My first boxing memory is being in the gym for six weeks, I was raw but I entered the Welsh championships and I won it. So, I was amazed by that and even though I had the break, I’ve been gripped by boxing since then.” It’s fair to say that Jones, who will make his professional debut against Jamie Zaszlos (1-10) in a four round contest, didn’t reach the heights he could have at international level and he admits that despite respectable performances at British level, a series of errors in organisation and confusion cost him numerous chances. Reflecting, Jones said, “One time, the coach I was with at the time gave the Welsh team my wrong weight, so I turned up at a weigh-in and ended up having to drink milk to put on weight. There were a lot of cock-ups like that in my amateur days. Once I was supposed to be going to the Commonwealth Games but I was only told two days before we were due to go away. A lot of stuff like that held me back. “I trained with Team GB in Liverpool for two weeks on a training camp. It was amazing, I loved it but when I come home, nothing was organised for me and I fell out of love with the sport, to be honest. That’s when my inactivity started and time can fly by. ” Even during Jones’s inactivity from competition, the seven time Welsh champion still couldn’t be parted from the sport and he spent a lot of time training at Penrhiwceiber’s Hope and Glory Boxing Club in the Rhondda Cynon Taff valleys. In that time, Jones has had the opportunity to train like a professional and he believes that the paid code will suit his style. He said, “My brother (Luke Jones) was still boxing, he’s won six Welsh titles and as he was entering championships, I trained with him. I did a lot of pad work with him to keep myself in shape. I wouldn’t say I ever got unfit during my break but I just weren’t fighting fit. “In the time I’ve been back, I’ve turned pro and I suit this more than the amateurs. I was a slow starter in the amateurs, now I’ll have a bit more time and that should suit me. Now I don’t have to rush my socks off and get tired, in the pros it goes on for a little bit longer. I should have time to pick my shots a bit more, step back and have a look because you can’t make mistakes now.” The demands of training like a professional are strenuous but Jones benefits from help, as always, from his supportive family and he’s grateful for it, saying, “I work for my father’s plumbing company which is a bit of a bonus because I can have days off when I need them. It all helps me a lot but if I don’t work, I don’t get paid – simple as. It is hard, I finish work at five o’clock and I’m in the gym by half past five until gone nine o’clock in the night. I eat, sleep and breathe boxing.”

£30 and £50 tickets for ‘Repeat Or Revenge’ on July 11th at the Merthyr Leisure Centre are available from Sanigar Events and Bristol Boxing Club on 01179496699. For more information, visit: www.westcountryboxing.com. It will be headlined by Dai Davies (10-23-2, 1KO) and Robbie Turley’s (13-4, 3KO) Welsh featherweight title rematch.

In support will be Frankie Borg (8-2, 3KO), Luke Osman (3-12-1, 1KO) v James Lilley (6-4, 1KO), Craig Kennedy (8-0, 5KO), Alex Hughes (1-0, 1KO), Adam Goldsmith (2-0-1) v Stuart Brewer (1-0), Tony Dixon (4-0, 1KO), Dorian Darch (7-3, 1KO), Lewis Patterson (3-2, 1KO) and debutant Kyle Jones.

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