Carson Jones says Ben Hall is taking a big risk fighting him on Saturday night at The SSE Arena, Wembley and the American says he’ll KO the Essex man as they clash for the WBC International Silver Super-Welterweight title.
Jones has been a bogey-man for British fighters in the past having given Kell Brook a huge scare in the summer of 2012 and then returning to knock out Brian Rose in 2015.
The Oklahoma danger man now fights in England for the sixth time against the unbeaten but untested Hall, and he’s told the 23 year old that he’ll hand him a damaging first defeat this weekend.
“I’ve watched Ben fight and they’ve made a mistake choosing to fight me,” said Jones. “Ben is a young kid that Matchroom are trying to build up, but they he lacks the necessary experience to be in with someone as tough as me.
“I have more experience in my left pinky than he has in his whole body. I don’t get paid by the hour so hopefully I will get him out of there early and make light work of him.
“When we were approached about this fight, I sat with Abel Sanchez and we discussed it. We both went away and watched some footage, Abel bluntly told me that if I can’t beat him, then I should go find something else to do - as boxing is no longer for me.
“I had already been training hard for four or five weeks with a view that a fight will come along and it has. I wanted to get myself in shape in case anything came up – so we haven’t been training specifically for Ben Hall as it was offered mid-way through. This is easily the most focused I’ve been for years, I feel so sharp and everything is on point.
“How this fight is gonna go? You guys know me – I always predict a stoppage. I’ve got more KO’s than years he’s been on this planet! If he survives my pressure and power early on, I’ll take him in to deep water and it will be all over. But I’ll take the win anyway it comes, if he is a tough kid with plenty of heart and there till the end – it still won’t be enough as I will be the one getting my hand raised and getting the W!”
Jones’ clash with Hall is part of a huge night of action in London as Irish amateur sensation Katie Taylor face Karina Kopinska on her pro debut.
Ohara Davies faces a huge step-up as he challenges WBC Silver Super-Lightweight champion Andrea Scarpa, Martin J. Ward defends his British Super-Featherweight title against Ronnie Clark, Reece Bellotti meets Ian Bailey in an eliminator for the English Featherweight crown, and unbeaten youngsters Jake Ball, Craig Richards and Ted Cheeseman look to end 2016 with a bang.