Jones expecting tough test from White

Jones expecting tough test from White

Aberdare’s Morgan ‘Sexual Chocolate’ Jones (1-0) is not expecting an easy ride when he enters the ring for a second time as a professional on Friday. The super-middleweight will face Cardiff’s Jimmy White (0-2) in a four round fight on the undercard of Sanigar Events’ ‘Unfinished Business’ show at the Newport Centre. White ended 12 years of inactivity last July with a four round war against Luke Osman and despite suffering a points defeat, the 31-year-old earned a lot of plaudits and took plenty of heart from his gutsy performance. Jones said: “All the big boxing fans in Wales will know that regardless of his [White’s] record, he is a tough opponent. I’m going to go in there with a lot of respect for his game and power but I’ll be looking to put on a really good show again.” The 24-year-old won multiple Welsh Senior Championship titles as an amateur but called time on his unpaid career after missing out on the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. On Jones’ debut, he surprised many by facing the uncompromising and undefeated Chris Ware, dropping and out-pointing the super-fit Swansea native to inflict a first professional defeat. Reflecting on his first fight without a vest, Jones said: “The biggest lesson I learned is not to get overexcited in cases when you get a bit of luck with a knockdown. “It happened in the first round – that pretty much took me off my track. I was throwing my shots and looking for a stoppage. So, next time I won’t make that mistake again, I’ll stick to my jab and nice boxing skills. “Chris’ fitness surprised me. His fitness was top level, the same sort of fitness as the top 10 boys in Britain. That surprised me and opened my eyes to the physical demands of the level where I want to be.” Jones has turned professional under the guidance of Tony Borg, the experienced Newport based trainer. The Welshmen have been working together for the last nine months and Jones feels that it’s a match that suits both parties smoothly. He said: “In the corner, Tony suits me very well. We’re very similar and we’re both quite calm people. That’s a big plus for me, having that in the corner is important because he has a level head. “We’ve obviously got to know each other a lot better, as well. Things have been great, to be honest and I couldn’t have asked for much more.” With ‘Sugar’ Lee Selby weeks away from challenging for Evgeny Gradovich’s IBF world title, the featherweight is spearheading an exciting period for St Joseph’s Boxing Club and Jones is enthused to be amongst it. He said: “It’s a brilliant atmosphere in the gym; very competitive, very lively and it’s like nothing I’ve experienced before. It’s a pleasure to be here, I always look forward to training. “I’m definitely taking everything on board, I’m always learning and taking everything in. It’s hard to pin point just one thing because it’s been a constant learning curve and I don’t expect it to stop anytime soon.” Looking ahead at the year as a whole, Jones is hoping for a steady rate of progress and he doesn’t want any soft touches along the way. He said: “Things are happening at a good pace, if I have another four fights after this, I think I’ll be happy with that in 2015. I know they’ll probably be good, competitive fights again and that does good things for your rankings and reputation. I’d be really happy with four more tough fights this year.” IMAGE BY CIARAN GIBBONS.

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