NICKNAME: SEXUAL CHOCOLATE | DIVISION: SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT | BIRTHPLACE: SOUTH AFRICA | STANCE: ORTHODOX |
I remember the first time seeing a young Morgan Jones train in the upstairs location of the Merthyr Ex-Serviceman Club, instantly becoming impressed by the showing of a fighter blessed with speed, movement and the uncanny knack of pinpoint timing.
Since that time I made a conscious effort to follow the progress believing him to be a star of the future, Morgan hasn’t disappointed, proving that initial assessment correct, winning Welsh Amateur titles at various age groups before announcing his introduction to the professional ranks with a decision win over former Welsh champion Chris Ware whilst at training alongside the likes of the Selby Brothers at St Joseph’s in Newport.
Impressive to say the least I think we can all agree, he has since taken his record to an unblemished 12-0 with the feeling that there is a lot more to come from the Aberdare resident who has moved his training camp to Manchester under the ever watchful eye of Lee Beard.
Morgan will now be given a chance to show fight fans exactly why I have high expectations of the man known as ‘Sexual Chocolate’ when he fights on the upcoming undercard of Anthony Joshua’s title defence in Cardiff in March, believe me when I say, you’re not going to want to miss it.
PROFESSIONAL RECORD – 12-0-0 (5 KO’s)
|2018-3-31||Mose Auimatagi Jnr|
JONES MAKES SHORT WORK OF KARAM
In his first outing since his departure from the Newport based gym, St Joseph’s, Morgan Jones was faultless in his stoppage win over Jade Karam at the O2 arena in London.
Fighting on the undercard of Buglioni Vs. Summers, Jones faced a decent test in South African Karam, or so what was though, instead it became a one-sided beatdown with Jones scoring a knockdown in the second before a combination left the result without any doubt as the Aberdare resident scored a third-round stoppage.
JONES LANDS DREAM CHANCE TO SHINE ON JOSHUA BILL
Morgan Jones has landed a golden chance to shine on the big stage as he meets Mose Auimatagi Jnr at Principality Stadium in Cardiff on March 31, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Unbeaten Welshman Jones moved to 12-0 in July with a fifth KO in the paid ranks at The O2, and now the 27 year old wants to make a name for himself with a win on the biggest stage possible.
Auimatagi Jnr is unbeaten in his last eight outings and the 22 year old Auckland man will be hoping to kick-off a famous night for New Zealand boxing with fellow Kiwi Joseph Parker meeting Anthony Joshua MBE in a Heavyweight unification blockbuster – but Jones says he’ll stay unbeaten and send the fans home with a new star on their minds.
“As a Welshman it’s a dream come true to box at the Principality Stadium,” said Jones. “I’ve done my apprenticeship on the small hall shows with twelve straight wins and now I’m ready for the biggest stage.
“I hear Team Parker have high hopes for Mose Auimatagi Jnr but he’s coming to the lion’s den in Cardiff and it’s my time to shine. I want to be boxing for major titles later in 2018 and this is the next big step towards that goal. Sure, the fans are there for AJ but I hope they go home remembering my name too!”
“It hasn’t quite sunk in yet, but I really appreciate the opportunity to fight on such a big stage this early in my career!” said Auimatagi Jr. “If fighting on such an iconic promotion isn’t exciting enough, the challenge of becoming the first opponent of 13 to date, to beat formidable top local prospect Morgan Jones, in his own backyard, in front of up to 90,000 fans supporting him, sure helps me find the motivation in training.”
Jones’ clash with Auimatagi Jnr is part of a colossal night of action in Cardiff as Anthony Joshua MBE faces Joseph Parker in a World Heavyweight unification battle.
Ryan Burnett defends his WBA World Bantamweight crown against Yonfrez Parejo and Alexander Povetkin puts his WBA Inter-Continental and WBO International titles against Liverpool favourite David Price and Welshman Joe Cordina fights for his first pro title with the WBA International Lightweight belt on the line against Andy Townend.
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