Welsh heavyweight prospect Andy Jones talks tricky debut win
By Michael J Jones
Welsh heavyweight hope Andy Jones made a successful start to his pro campaign last Saturday (December 14) with a four-round decision over experienced Ugandan Moses Matovu. The 6í4Ē southpaw made his debut at the historic Liverpool Olympia; also the venue of his ABA Super-heavyweight triumph four years ago.
In Matovu, Jones faced a cagey, awkward fighter with some 42 pro bouts under his belt and who had also twice taken Hughie Fury the full route amongst many other top prospects. The four-rounder was eventually won by the North Wales puncher by 39 points to 38 to make a winning start to the pro ranks.
Livefight caught up with 30-year-old Jones two days after his first pro victory to get his thoughts on fight number one.
LF) Andy congratulations on a successful debut. Were you pleased with your performance?
AJ) Thanks. I wasnít pleased as such after the fight but after looking back and watching it again I've realised Motovu really made me work for (the victory). He had experience and had been around so it was more of a fifty-fifty fight and a good learning experience for me. I learned more from (the Motovu bout) than some one round walk-over so Iím taking the positives from it.
LF) When did you discover Motovu would be your debut opponent and what did you know about him beforehand?
AJ) I had good notice for the show but only knew who it was about a week before. Up until the day of the fight it could still have been changed. I didnít know much other than heíd been around and fought some good opponents. Heís a journeyman obviously but is more of an attacking journeyman not like the normal (surviving) style.
LF) Talk us through the fight as it unfolded?
AJ) Well the first round as it was my debut I had to channel my nerves and settle but I thought I won the first two rounds. In the third he had a good round and finished strongly and then he tried to mess things up in the fourth. He opened up late in the round to try and steal (the win) but I still got the decision.
After the result was announced I was a bit disappointed with how it had gone because obviously Iíd wanted to impress but looking at it now heíd been active recently and had fought some decent opponents. He tried to spoil (my debut) but Iím taking the positives and am ready to build on my first win.
LF) You are 6í4Ē yet came in fairly light at 16st 1ľlb, did you expect to come in at that weight?
AJ) I felt ok I thought I would be a bit heavier Iíd weighed heavier through training. I know I donít have to make weight but I always monitor it as I donít want to come in heavy and slow or too light. I was a little surprised I came in that light but this is a learning period and itís something we will take on board for next time.
LF) You fought at the same place where you lifted your ABA title in 2009, what was that like on the night?
AJ) It felt good to be there again, the Olympia hasnít changed much I learned when I first walked in there. When I boxed this time there was a better atmosphere. When I first came out to the crowd on Saturday with the music playing it was amazing; that memory will stay with me for a long time.
I was also humbled by the support I got, people had come from all over the UK to see my fight and cheer me on.
LF) What was your trainer Shane Thomasí opinion of your performance on Saturday?
AJ) Iíve not been back to the gym yet (Andy trains at Shotton boxing club in North Wales) so weíve not had time to analyse the fight but Shane was obviously pleased we got the win. There was a lot of pressure on before the fight so I was glad to get the four rounds in and the victory to get me started.
LF) When are you out next?
AJ) I spoke to (Saturdayís promoter) Dave Coldwell after the fight and heís hopefully putting on another show at the same venue on February 28th so at the latest Iíll be out then. Iíll enjoy my food for a bit now and then keep ticking over Christmas so if anything short-notice comes up Iíll be ready.
I want to stay active now and fight as often as I can Iím just glad to get the first fight out the way and I canít wait for the next one.
LF) Is there anything you would like to add?
AJ) Iíd just like to say thanks to all of my supporters, my sponsors (Probody Fitness, Buckley, KB Oil Environmental Ltd and Pentahotel Warrington) plus Shane Thomas and Clive Doran for working my corner. Iíd also like to thank Dave Coldwell for getting me on the show and Damien Jones my manager.
LF) Good luck for next year Andy.
AJ) Cheers thanks.
If anyone would like to sponsor Andy in his quest to become a champion pro, they can contact him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org alternatively you can get in touch on his fan page on Facebook (Boxer Andy Jones).
You can also follow the talented Welshman on Twitter @AndyJ_83
Many thanks to Lukasz Skrypgzak for the use of the fight pictures