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News – Metcalf: I’d be far too strong for Khan; Jones: “I Can’t Wait To Get In There

JJ Metcalf is hoping to earn a WBC ranking title by beating Aitor Nieto and then target huge domestic fights with Kell Brook and Amir Khan.


The unbeaten light-middleweight (17-0-KO9) takes on the Spaniard on Tyson Fury’s undercard on Saturday night and is keen to force even higher-profile bouts as soon as possible.

Liverpool’s Metcalf said: “I need to get a move on. I’m just going to win this title and hopefully push on towards something else. I want to be one of those rare fighters who never gets beaten.

“I’ll get in an eliminator and then fight for a world title. I’d have a massive chance against big names like Kell Brook and Amir Khan. Brook is the better fighter for me and that fight would be a really good 50-50 but I’d be far too strong for Khan.

“I’ve had a lot of frustrations. I was going to fight for a British title and then Ted Cheeseman pulled out. I thought I was going to fight Liam Williams for the British title and then the board wanted an eliminator.

“I’ve had to wait lots of times and there have been lots of pull-outs. It’s time to get going in my career and it starts on Saturday.

“What better stage to do it on than Fury’s comeback fight? I’m looking forward to the big occasion.”

In addition to Fury, Metcalf’s MTK Global team-mates Jack Massey, Ian Tims, Sean Turner, Sam Maxwell, Troy Williamson and Alex Dickinson feature on the card.

Connor Lee Jones: “I Can’t Wait To Get In There”

Dudley’s amateur sensation Connor Lee Jones will be making his eagerly anticipated transition to
the professional ranks on Saturday 9th June on BCB Promotions Emerging Stars show at Willow’s Banqueting Suite in Willenhall writes Jai Randhawa.

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Jones is a highly decorated amateur winning both the Midlands and English junior titles during his time in the amateur ranks.

“I just can’t wait to get in there and make the transition into the professional game, I know that my first couple of fights will be
massive learning experiences for me, it’s all going to be about getting used to how everything is in the pro ranks.”

Jones has been under the tutelage of world class coaches such as Bob Dillon during his career and
has praised the impact his coaches have had on him and the way they’ve helped him make the transition into the professional ranks.

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“Guys like Bob Dillon really are world class coaches and they know the ins and outs of boxing which has really helped me prepare for
my pro debut”.

On his fighting style Jones added: “I am very comfortable with both boxing off the back foot and picking my shots and also really pushing
the pace of fights and being on the front foot. I think I’m able to balance between the two really well and mix it up when I have to.”

“It’s also nice to be making my debut on a show with so many other talented boxers I’ve trained and spent time alongside like Craig Morris
and Lauren Johnson.”

June 9th will mark the start of Jones’ professional career and I have no doubt that the journey Connor will embark on under BCB promotions
will be something special for fight fans to witness.

Emerging Stars will be topped by a ten-round battle for the English bantamweight title between Kyle Williams and defending champion Thomas
Essomba.

There is also a packed undercard. Anthony Woolery, Lauren Johnson, Sean Davis, Craig Morris,
Damian Kiwior and Connor Parker are all in action.

Fans are urged to make note of the new venue – The Willows, Willenhall – and opening times (6.00pm for 7.00pm start).

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £40, which will be £45 on the door. VIP ringside passes are £65. To buy, contact the boxers or visit
iboxingtickets.com.

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