Connor Lee Jones has his sights set on a crack at the Midlands Area Title by the end of 2019.The 22 year-old lightweight has impressed since turning pro last year and has racked up three wins in that time.
The Brierley Hill boxer in back in action this weekend as he fights in Dudley on BCXB Promotions’ ‘Sunday Service’ at The Venue.
Jones entered the pro ranks following a glittering amateur career as he came through the ranks at Dudley’s Lions Boxing Club. He bagged ABA All-England honours in 2013 and was a part of the GB junior squad, also boxing for England in the unpaid ranks.
Major prizes in the paid ranks are now on his mind
“I want this to be my last four-rounder before I step up to six and then get on the title challenge,” he told bcb-promotions.com. “Camp has been good. I have been sparring Alex Florence and my trainer, Richie Ghent, has been taking us up Manchester to spar up Robert Rimmer’s gym.
“By the start of the new year I want to be ready to go for the Midlands. My plan for 2019 is to just keep really busy. I want to get this one out the way then go for a six rounder and try and get another three in before the end of year.”
Generous Jones is giving his purse to the ‘Justice For Ryan’ campaign. Ryan Passey – of Stourbridge, West Midlands – was murdered while enjoying a night out with friends in August 2017. A few months later, in February 2018, his killer – who had admitted not only to stabbing Ryan but also fleeing the scene and attempting to dispose of the murder weapon – walked free from court without sentence or punishment.
“I’m looking forward to fighting in Dudley, get all the local lads there also I’m giving my purse to the justice for Ryan Campaign so should have a good crowd. It’s important to keep raising awareness. You can find out more at www.justiceforryan.org.”
Kyle Williams is another to feature in the home corner, determined to get back to winning ways and rebuild after his setback for British honours.
Williams, from Wolverhampton, was handed his first defeat on the big stage in April, against Kash Farooq and relinquished the English bantamweight crown for the opportunity.
His next task is to add to his 10 wins, with three TKOs, having also picked up a Midlands belt along the way before claiming national glory.
James Beech Jr has relinquished the area strap at super feather, as he’s looking to come down to super bantam.
The second-generation fighter makes the short trip from nearby Bloxwich, featuring in the paid ranks for a 10th time after nine wins, with three stoppages.
He’s the son of Jimmy Beech, who featured 31 times as a pro at lightweight between 1999 and 2008. He’s a graduate of Pleck Boxing Club, who he featured for 80 times with 50 wins.
Reigning Midlands flyweight title holder Ijaz Ahmed has already defended his belt once, after claiming the area strap.
Ahmed beat Conor Blackshaw for the vacant belt and then saw off fellow Brummie Matt Windle to keep it, with a keep-busy affair now lined up.
Wolverhampton’s Conah Walker has five victories, his in the welterweight division, with two TKOs already to his credit.
‘The Wolf’ is emerging as a prospect with a boxing legend in his corner, as he’s coached by two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton.
Walker already has his first six-rounder under his belt, outpointing Nathan Bendon at the same Town Hall in May.
Alex Florence is unbeaten in the super lightweight ranks, with five victories and one stoppage of his own.
‘Pinky,’ from Ledbury in Herefordshire, will register his first bout of 2019 having passed his two-year anniversary as a pro.
Female flyweight Dani Hodges, from Burntwood, will be determined to get back to winning ways after a first points defeat.
It took Commonwealth Games gold medallist Lisa Whiteside to beat her, a first setback since a TKO loss to Eva Naranjo in Spain two years ago.
An eventful 2019 has also seen the ‘Pocket Rocket’ vanquish Lauren Parker and Roz Mari Silyanova, adding to victories over Sonia Klos and Teodora Hristova.
Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £65 VIP ringside with a buffet and waitress service, are on sale now. It will be £40 for entry on the door. For more information, contact the boxers.