Jones inspired by stablemate Selby

Jones inspired by stablemate Selby

Sugar’ Lee Selby’s historic world title win has the potential to inspire a new generation of Welsh boxers and one of those it’s influencing is Pontypridd’s Kyle Jones (2-0) The 21-year-old, a novice prospect in the welterweight division, is ready to finish the first stage of his apprenticeship on Friday and Jones has taken inspiration from his stablemate. Kyle Jones Lee SelbyHe said: “It’s just been overwhelming to say I sparred him and stuff, it’s been great. I’ve got to be honest, the stuff he says, it might only be little hints and tips but it’s just great. You go in there and do it and think why you weren’t doing it before. “He tells me little things and they work for me. I’m hoping to make a statement now and take it a step further. I’ve done a couple of rounds with Selby and it’s been unbelievable for me. The experience is great, he’s a world class boxer and sparring has been great.” Jones will feature on the undercard of Sanigar Events’ ‘Unleash The Dragon’ show, broadcast live on Matchroom Fight Pass, in what he hopes will be his last four round contest before moving to the six round stage. He said: “I’d like to go up the rounds a bit. After the last one [points win over Lewis O’Mara], I did four rounds and wasn’t even blowing. I was angry because I wanted to get a sweat on. I’m hoping the next one is six rounds.” When Jones isn’t working as a plumber for his father’s company, he splits training between two bases; his own gym and St Joseph’s Boxing Club in Newport, although his recent visits to Tony Borg’s base have been limited. Jones said: “To be honest, I haven’t been down St Joe’s as much as I’ve wanted to. I’ve been down there twice a week for my padwork with Tony and also sparring. I’ve got my own gym, so I’m training there as well. “I work nine until five, I’m a plumber. It is hard work and tiring, I’ve got to be honest, but it’s something you’ve got to do to get the results you want.” After practically training himself for his debut, with help from his brother Luke [an amateur boxing champion], Jones was cornered by Tony Borg and Bill Reynolds and their relationship grew from there. Speaking of the link-up, Jones said: “The first fight was an absolute pig of a fight. I weren’t happy with how I performed or anything I done. Coming in to the second fight, I prepared a lot better and got experience off top boys. I spar them all down St Joe’s and everything, I’m just privileged to be part of that gym. “I don’t really go in with a game plan. Whatever happens on the night, happens on the night. I just listen to my cornermen, Tony Borg. Anything can happen, I’ve just got to go in there fit and my mentality has to be strong.” The Welshman is without a confirmed opponent for Friday but BoxingWales.com understands that he had been matched with Hull’s Paul O’Brien (0-9).

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