Carson Jones gave Kell Brook the scare of his life the last time the welterweights clashed in Brook’s hometown of Sheffield a year ago. The careers of both men have stuttered somewhat since due to injury, and Jones believes both men are back to square one. He intends to put Brook away when the pair clash in Hull on Saturday.
Brook was on top in the first half of their battle, but as he began to run out of steam, the Oklahoma visitor broke the Special One's nose in the eighth round and forced him to dig deeper than ever before.
“I had Kell in all kinds of problems in Sheffield but he got away with it,” said Jones.
“I took four or five rounds to get started, but as soon as I did it was popping. This time I’ll be on him from the start and there will be no escape route for him this time – I want that World title shot just as much as he does.
“Everybody keeps making excuses saying that he had stamina problems – he didn't have stamina problems, he had a Carson Jones problem. I was pressing him, hitting him with clean shots, I broke his nose in the eighth round and from then on it was pretty much my fight.
“I don’t have a problem coming over here. I’ve been to his hometown before, and I’ve been to other people’s backyards and taken home the victory. When it comes down to it, it’s just me and him fighting whether it’s his hometown or mine, it’s not going to change the outcome.
“He’s never had anybody up in his face before, and he really didn’t know how to react to it. He looked a little scared to me.”
The Brook and Jones clash forms part of the undercard to Olympic Gold medal hero Luke Campbell's pro debut against Gloucester's Andy Harris.
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