Newport’s Jerome Samuels (4-5, 1KO) is radiating energy ahead of his rematch with Dai Jones (4-3-1) which headlines in his hometown on March 14th.

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The light-middleweights meet on Steve Robinson’s debut promotion, ‘Enter The Dragon’, at the Newport Centre and this time they have the added incentive of the Welsh title. Samuels said, “Training is going well, it’s been very hard and it needs to be because it’s over ten rounds this time. With Welsh honours at stake, it makes it a lot more interesting. “I had four straight losses on the spin but I’ve turned it around. Now I’m about to hopefully break even and become Welsh champion as well. I can’t wait.” The losses Samuels speak of came when he turned professional too young, just 18, and blinded by the reliable money journeymen can make. However, now 20, Samuels has turned it around and wants to emulate an achievement of his dad, Paul, who won the same title in 1998. While Samuels has enjoyed a winning run, Jones has won just one of his last five outings and suffered a stoppage loss. Regardless of form, Samuels refuses to overlook his opponent for their rematch. He said, “I don’t think the losses will distract Dai Jones because he’s got the chance to avenge a defeat that he had against me and with the Welsh title on the line, it gives him some extra motivation. “So, I’m expecting the best Dai Jones and the best Dai Jones is really somebody who comes straight forward and he’s a tough boy. Hopefully though, I’ll outbox him over ten rounds. “My concentration for this fight is beating him again but looking better, more cleaner and sharper. I got involved in his fight the last time, I went in to his style of fighting but this time I’m looking to outbox him more, slow him down and get him out of there late.” Samuels outpointed Jones in their original fight by a single point over six rounds in September but he knows that it doesn’t guarantee him another win in three week’s time. He said, “I won’t underestimate him just because I beat him. You can’t underestimate anyone you box. In the fight I had before Dai Jones, I stopped Tom Price in the first round and he’d beat me in the amateurs. “I mean, just because someone has beaten somebody before, doesn’t mean they’ll beat him next time too. Boxing doesn’t work like that, one punch can change it and that’s why I’ve got to work hard. “Six rounds was hard but as long as you get the preparation right, you can do as many rounds as you need to. I feel that it’s all about preparation. Obviously it’s my first ten rounder but I’m looking forward to it. I know Dai Jones is very hard and I just know it’s going to be a cracker, one that I’m confident I’m going to win.” Tickets to ‘Enter The Dragon’ are priced at £60 for ringside seats with a VIP buffet and £30 for standard seating. You can buy tickets at or by calling 02920 492970.

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