Ben Jones reveals he changed his tactics to beat Martin Parlagi

Ben Jones proudly displays his WBO Featherweight Inter-Continental belt after beating Martin Parlagi with a unanimous verdict at the troxy in East London. Picture by Graham Carter SUS-151031-101721002
Ben Jones proudly displays his WBO Featherweight Inter-Continental belt after beating Martin Parlagi with a unanimous verdict at the troxy in East London. Picture by Graham Carter SUS-151031-101721002

Ben Jones Jones was delighted with the way he managed to recover from a poor start to comfortably beat Czech Martin Parlagi.

The Crawley man gave his fans a scare when he went down and was cut in the first round.

But he changed his tactics and steadily wore his opponent down before looking well on top in the closing stages as he earned a unanimous decision.

Jones said: “It was really good. Obviously a little bit of a slip-up in the first round, caught me with a silly shot. There’s no hiding from it.

“It’s one of those things, we are not to tickle each other! It could have been him.”

Jones praised his opponent who is a former European title contender and led the fight in the early stages.

He said: “The guy was a tough, strong lad. He caught me with a left hook, a glancing one really, obviously cut my eye open which put me two points down but I moved on.”

Jones revealed: “I’m super-fit and think about my boxing a bit more and was ready for those looping left-hands but didn’t know where they would come from.

“As soon as he done it I knew where exactly they were coming from and changed my boxing from there.

“He was exactly the same I thought he’d be. He didn’t come forward as much as I thought. My body shots slowed him down a lot and made him breath heavy.

“He was a top class amateur who fought for his country.

“He tried to out-box me but actually I found I out-boxed him, so it didn’t work for him that way neither.

“I was putting pressure on him and trying to out-box him as well.”

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