Jones seeks revenge from Brook
July, 10, 2013
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
Matchroom BoxingCarson Jones, right, has no problem going back into Kell Brook's hometown for Saturday's rematch.Junior middleweight Carson Jones is so confident he will even the score by beating England's Kell Brook in their rematch that he:
• Agreed to raise the contract weight from 150 pounds to 152 pounds because Brook, who usually fights at welterweight, was having problems with his weight.
• Took far less money for the second fight than he made for their first bout last July.
• Didn't hesitate to return to England for the fight, even though he lost a majority decision there in their grueling first encounter.
Jones (35-9-3, 25 KOs), 26, of Oklahoma City, Okla., and the 27-year-old Brook (29-0, 19 KOs) meet again on Saturday (Sky Sports HD1 in the United Kingdom) at Craven Park in Hull, England on the card headlined by the pro debut of Hull's Luke Campbell, the 2012 British Olympic bantamweight gold medalist.
"I had Kell in all kinds of problems in [his hometown of] Sheffield but he got away with it," said Jones, who broke Brook's nose in the eighth round and had him in serious trouble late in the fight. "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 have stamina problems, 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 before, 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."
Brook was supposed to have challenged welterweight world titleholder Devon Alexander in a mandatory fight but it was delayed three times and eventually canceled altogether because of various injuries to the two fighters. When Brook suffered a stress fracture, their most recent date, May 18 in Atlantic City, N.J., was canceled.
Alexander wound up knocking out late replacement (and Brook promotional stablemate) Lee Purdy while Brook took this rematch with Jones a couple of months later.
"I'm even more fired up to get rid of him now," Brook said. "He's very cocky for someone who has never beaten anyone of note, and this time I'll knock him out and send him home for good. He won't want to come back after Saturday night. The first fight has been bugging me ever since I got back in the dressing room afterwards. He was at 100 percent for that fight and put in the best performance of his career. I was nowhere near full throttle but I am as close to the best Kell Brook I've ever been and he'll be out of my life for good on Saturday night.
"I could have had an easier opponent but the last fight was an exciting, mouthwatering fight and I think the fans deserve it. It is going to be a tough fight and I am training hard for it but I am going to go out there and have fun and take care of business. It is going to be a great night, there will be fireworks and I am very excited to get back in and I can't wait to take my frustrations out on Carson Jones."