Kell Brook got the scare of his life from Carson Jones the last time they met – and the American has warned the Sheffield man that he aims to go one better on Saturday night at the MS3 Craven Park in Hull.
The welterweights clashed in Sheffield a year ago and Brook was on top in the first half of their battle but as Brook tired, the man from Oklahoma stepped on The Special One, broke his nose in the eighth round and forced him to dig deeper than ever before, Brook eventually taking the majority decision.
The careers of both men have stuttered somewhat since due to injury and now Jones believes both men are back to where they were for the first fight and, this time, he intends to put Brook away.
“I had Kell in all kinds of problems in Sheffield but he got away with it,” said Jones yesterday. “I took four or five rounds to get started, but as soon as I did it was popping. This time I’ll be on him from the start and there will be no escape route for him this time – I want that World title shot just as much as he does.
“Everybody keeps making excuses saying that he had stamina problems – he didn’t, he had a Carson Jones problem. I was pressing him, hitting him with clean shots, I broke his nose in the eighth round and from then on it was pretty much my fight.
“I don’t have a problem coming over here. I’ve been to his hometown and I’ve been to other people’s backyards and taken home the victory. When it comes down to it, it’s just me and him fighting whether it’s his hometown or mine, it’s not going to change the outcome.
“He’s never had anybody up in his face before, and he really didn’t know how to react to it. He looked a little scared to me.”
Also on the bill are Olympic Gold medallists Luke Campbell, making his pro debut, and Anthony Ogogo and Sheffield’s Curtis Woodhouse.