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Welsh Heavyweight Andy Jones set for 2nd outing this Saturday

03.03.2014

Welsh heavyweight prospect Andy Jones ready to shine at Bowler’s

By Michael J Jones

North Wales heavyweight Andy Jones is in action this Saturday in pro fight number two.

An opponent for the Welsh puncher has yet to be confirmed for the “Call of Duty” show at Bowler’s in Manchester for the four-round contest.

Jones made his belated debut last December with a close decision over tricky journeyman Moses Matovu in Liverpool. Some three years after leaving the amateur ranks, 6’4” Jones struggled with Matovu’s defence and experience before getting the nod by 39-38.

Speaking exclusively to Livefight this week, Andy insists he has already learned much from his first pro bout.

“Motovu was a good learning fight for me” says the 30-year-old southpaw. “It was a decent fight to have after a layoff and, though it didn’t quite go how I’d have liked it to, I can learn from it and take the positives from the experience.”

“This time I’ll be coming out strongly and making the first round count.”

As a talented amateur fighter, Jones won five Welsh ABA titles before winning full ABA honours in 2009. He would drift away from the sport two years later after growing tired of the politics rife in amateur boxing. After dabbling in both kick-boxing and semi-professional boxing, Jones would decide to make his pro bow after sparring then-British and Commonwealth champion David Price early last year.

So what has changed in the three months since the Motovu contest?

“I’ve had very good notice for this fight and have tried to change a few things from my last contest. One thing was my weight; I didn’t expect to come in that light (225lbs) so I’ll be monitoring that more closely so it doesn’t drop too much by fight time. I also feel I let a few things get to me last time so there was more pressure on me than there should have been.”

Jones works full-time as a semi-skilled fitter but fits in his training at Shotton ABC around his day job under watchful eye of former pro Shane Thomas. The Mynydd Isa heavyweight has stepped up the intensity of his training camp as he seeks to climb the heavyweight ranks alongside new pros such as Olympic champion Anthony Joshua MBE and Hughie Fury who both also turned pro last year.

“I’ve really stepped training up since my last fight. I’ve been training twice a day, five or six days a week. Shane Thomas is as committed as the fighters and is brilliant as he trains around all his fighters’ work and shifts. Some days he’s there in the gym at five in the morning and might still be there after nine o’clock at night. That’s a huge help to me and allows me to train as I need to.”

“I feel in really good shape and have been working on a few different things like my movement and doing a lot of hill runs. I’m really looking forward to (the fight) now.”
When I ask who the Welsh puncher has been sparring it may surprise some…

“I’ve been sparring a lot with Tom Doran. He was obviously a light-middleweight but is a full cruiserweight now. He’s heavier than before but although he’s not boxed in a while he’s still kept his speed and skill so it’s been good quality sparring.”

Note: Doran was 10-0 as a light-middle but hasn’t boxed for two years since stopping Max Maxwell.

“Tom has been helping me a lot and he’s already picked out a few things I can be doing better. I see it really as I’m sparring a 10-0 undefeated cruiserweight.”

“I don’t know who I’m fighting on Saturday but it will be over four rounds and I’m looking to put on a strong performance in Manchester. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Andy would like to thank his team and also sponsors; Probody Fitness Buckley, KB Oil Environmental Ltd and Pentahotel Warrington.

Coldwell Promotions bring you an excellent show this Saturday at the Bowler’s Arena Manchester. “Call of Duty” features a terrific main event in the British Masters Featherweight title bout between Ryan Doyle and Michael Ramabeletsa. Also on the show are Liam Hanrahan, Andy Jones, Neil Perkins and much more.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 01709 556 331 or by visiting www.coldwellboxing.com

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