OKC's Carson Jones fights in welterweight eliminator
Oklahoma City's Carson Jones will fight Kell Brook on Saturday night in Sheffield, England, in an IBF welterweight eliminator bout.
The bout acts as an elimination fight as Brook and Jones hope to become the mandatory challenger for IBF titleholder Randall Bailey. The winner will face No. 4-ranked Hector Saldivia for the right to fight Bailey.
IBF ranks Jones No. 3 in the world, and Brook No. 5.
“Inviting me to come over here to fight Brook is a big mistake,” Jones told ESPN.com “He may have 9,000 fans on the night against five for me, but when we get in the ring it's just me and him — he might think he's a beast but I am a monster.”
The fighters are separated by just three months in age but Jones (237) has fought nearly twice as many rounds as Brook (120). Jones believes his experience gives him an advantage in the fight at Motorpoint Arena.
“I'm a better fighter because of the hard times,” Jones told the Daily Mail. “You learn more from losses than you do from wins.”
Jones' record stands at 34-8-2 with 24 KOs. He was dealt his last lost by Rogerio Pereira on Sept. 10, 2010, and has stopped 10 of his last 12 opponents.
Brook is the British welterweight champion and is undefeated with 27 wins and 18 knockouts, but he isn't taking Jones lightly.
“He's been sparring with top fighters, he's had the training, he's turned his career around,” Brook told the Daily Mail. “He's above me in the ratings and we know he's probably going to be my toughest fight to date.”