When BCB Promotions recently ran a poll on Twitter asking fight fans who they think will get through to the Final of Midlands Boxing Super Series, despite only having lost once in his last six fights, Chasetown’s Luke Jones racked up just nine percent of the vote.
In top spot with forty one percent of the votes cast was Jones’ next opponent; the formidable southpaw and former Midlands Area Super-Featherweight Champion, Paul ‘The Incredible’ Holt who, with a record of 6-6-0, does bring double the experience into the ring for their clash but who has also lost his last three bouts.
Holt first won the title in 2016 thanks to a sixth round stoppage victory over Tamworth’s Louis ‘Flash’ Fielding and this year sees a return to BCB Promotions’ exciting tournament for both of these fighters, with Fielding taking on Derby’s slick unbeaten prospect Indi ‘Indz’ Sangha in the other semi.
In his first fight of the new year Jones holds a slight height advantage but comes up against a fighter who keeps a tight defence, has fast hands and who likes to take control of the centre of the ring whenever he can.
Just ahead of his second Stadium Suite appearance Jones said : “I’m feeling good and I think the fans are in for a cracker between me and Holt. I’m a dark horse, but I don’t care what other people think. They probably don’t know anything about me.
“Every fight in this is 50-50, simply because of what’s on the line. Nobody will want the chance of a Midlands title to have passed them by. A motivated fighter is a dangerous one.
“Full respect to Paul, but he’s in my way and he’ll have to give it 100 per cent like I will to win. I’m fully focussed on what I’ve got to do.”
It’s an intriguing contest. Some might question Luke Jones’ punch power, hence the low ratings in the poll but that’s wild wild speculation even if up to now all of his wins have been on points. Jones’ stats suggest staying power and he was showing plenty of that until losing in Stoke-on-Trent to the seasoned 37 year old lightweight, Hereford’s Dean ‘Deano’ Evans, back in June 17. Jones bounced back in Walsall with a pts win against Andy ‘Thunder’ Harris last September and will no doubt be keen to maintain those winning ways when he visits the same venue come semi-final night at Banks’s Stadium.
Tickets are on sale now by contacting the boxers on Facebook or online at iboxingtickets.com.
Alternatively, call the Walsall FC Box Office on 01922 651 414, extension 416. They are priced at £35 standard and £60 ringside, the latter option to include food. It will be £40 entry on the door on the night.
The Grosvenor Casino Walsall will sponsor the show and host the weigh in and after-show party (over 18s).