Ben Jones is planning a busy February to get him back in boxing’s big time.
He’s in action at the Camden Centre on Saturday, February 7 followed by a 10-round top-of-the-bill fight in Harrow in front of the Eurosport cameras two weeks later.
Last year, Jones was looking at moving into world class after claiming the WBO European super-featherweight title.
That earned the Crawley punching machine a world ranking and there was talk of big fights in the States.
But they didn’t come off and Jones ended up suffering controversial back-to-back losses that dented his title hopes and left him thinking about quitting the ring.
“I shouldn’t be where I am,” said the 32 year-old. “I should have two more wins behind me and be in a great position.
“But instead of that, I’m trying to get back on track.
“I know I’m still in the top four or five in Britain, but I should be in the top four or five in Europe and knocking on the door of big fights.
“I should be up there fighting the best.
“I’ve been really upset about what’s happened. I do feel as though the sport has let me down a bit.
“I feel as though I’ve been bashing my head against a brick wall.
“I got out of the ring after my last fight and said: ‘That’s me finished. I’m not going through this again.’
“Even my opponent was shocked by the decision. He came over to me and shrugged his shoulders.
“I trained for about four months, put a lot of money and effort into it - and for what ?
“I can accept losing, but not if I’ve won eight rounds of a 10-round fight.
“But I’m still only 32 and there are still big fights out there for me.
“I’ve just got to get these next two fights out of the way and then see what’s out there.”
Jones is currently ranked at super-featherweight, but says he could get down to featherweight for a big fight.
He has won honours at 9 stones and also gave Lee Selby possibly his hardest fight.
Selby is currently on the brink of a world-title challenge and Jones said: “Lee will tell you that was his hardest fight.
“It should have been a draw. He won the first three rounds and I won the last three rounds, so that makes it a draw.
“That shows the level I’ve been boxing at - and now I’ve got to get myself back up there by winning these two fights in February, Its make or break!”
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