Ben Jones pulls no punches with third round win

Ben Jones can not believe he was not declared the winner at the Glow Arena in Bluewater, especially after knocking his opponent over during the bout. A thought shared by many others who watched the fight (Pic by Jon Rigby) PPP-140911-025725003
Ben Jones can not believe he was not declared the winner at the Glow Arena in Bluewater, especially after knocking his opponent over during the bout. A thought shared by many others who watched the fight (Pic by Jon Rigby) PPP-140911-025725003

Crawley boxer Ben Jones gained a third-round stoppage to comfortably beat Latvian Elemir Rafael at the Camden Centre in Kings Cross, London, on Saturday.

The former English champion is rebuilding his career which was in tatters after losing his last two fights in Barcelona and Bluewater in Kent.

Jones said: “I’ve been fighting European and World ranked top 10 fighters so this is a step back but it was good to get back on track.”

Jones, 32, was fighting his first of two fights in quick succession for promoter Mickey Helliot to get rid of any ring-rustiness and bring him back to the forefront so he can challenge for big titles again.

This was a far cry from his two recent highlights when he lifted both the WBO European and IBO International Lightweight titles.

He said: “I needed a couple of fights to get back to where I need to be.

“It was a good night as I dominated the fight all the way through.”

Jones put his opponent down with a big body shot but Rafael got back up on the count of eight.

Within 15 seconds Jones struck again with a combination and this time the referee stopped the fight with Rafael stuck struggling in the corner.

Jones wanted to thank his sponsor the Back Care Clinic in Three Bridges who have been providing him with physiotherapy.

Jones soon will be back in action again as the top of the bill ten-round fight in front of the Eurosport TV cameras on February 21 in Harrow.

He will be taking on the Georgian No.1 in the second of his fights designed to get him back into the boxing limelight.

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