The Return Of Boy Jones Jnr

Updated: Sep 13, 2021

After over two years out of the sport, Boy Jones Jnr is set to make his return to the ring this week.

In what is his first fight since February 2019, Boy Jones Jr takes on Connor Marsden for the Southern Area Lightweight title. Jones Jnr is right back in at the deep end, headlining the bill at the famous York Hall on September 17th, and is ready to get back through the ropes and show what he still has to give to the sport of boxing.

Boy Jones Jnr is back and ready to put on a classy performance at the famous York Hall (Photo: @boyjonesjnr_ on Instagram)

Having had a long layoff from the sport, Jones Jnr started training again four or five months ago, and since then he hasn’t looked back. The 24-year-old is back in the gym and enjoying training again ahead of his return.

Training has gone really well. Things have been going well in this training camp. Obviously I’ve had a long time off, two years, nearly two and a half years, so I’ve learnt and realised that rest is more important as well during training. When I was a youngster, it was always train, train, train, and I was often doing too much, but now I’ve toned it down a little and I’m training smarter.

“Sparring is going really well, strength and conditioning is going well too. As I’ve got older and obviously the rest I’ve had has helped me get stronger as well, I’ve sort of got my man strength now so I’m getting new PBs all the time in the gym, in deadlifting, running etc. But yes training has been great so far.”

Having made his debut back in 2015, Jones Jnr was seen as one of Frank Warren’s hottest prospects, despite not having any amateur background. However, after a few losses and losing the passion for boxing, the Essex man decided he didn’t want anything to do with the sport anymore.

That was until the start of this year, when his love for boxing was reignited. The 24-year-old admits that his son is one of the reasons he has decided to step back through the ropes.

I haven’t had two years off because of COVID, I’ve had two years off because I didn’t want to do it anymore. I didn’t want to box, I didn’t want to fight, so I didn’t really care. It hasn’t been frustrating but it’s made me fall in love with the sport again. Towards the end of my four year spell, I didn’t really like the sport. I had a load of bad luck with the sport; robberies, getting messed about by certain people which I’m not going to get into, but I’ve had a lot of bad luck.

“I sort of fell out of love with the game and in these two and a half years I’ve fallen back in love with it again. I’m buzzing, I’m watching it a lot which I never used to do, the big fights, some of the small hall shows and stuff, so I’m falling in love with it again.”

My son, who is three, him watching me on YouTube and stuff has sort of gave me the kick up the backside that I needed to get back into it.”

Another reason, and potentially the biggest one, for Jones Jnr deciding to lace up the gloves again and make a comeback is because of some world class sparring he got invited for.

The British lightweight has been doing some training and had quality sparring with none other than the king at 140-pounds, Josh Taylor. Jones Jnr knew this was an opportunity he couldn’t turn down, so took the bull by the horns and went for some rounds with one of boxing’s pound-for-pound superstars.

“I got called in for sparring with Josh Taylor, I wasn’t training but I thought f*** it, he’s a pound-for-pound fighter, so I wasn’t going to turn that opportunity down. It went really well so that made me realise I still had something to give in boxing.

“My fiancé now, I said to her that I was going to go back in the gym tomorrow, and she was like it’s always tomorrow, why don’t you just get up and go, so that made me realise I do talk s*** sometimes, so I went straight back into the gym. That was probably 4/5 months ago and that got the ball rolling.

Then I got another call to spar Josh Taylor ahead of the Ramirez fight, and I ended up doing over 50 rounds with him, so that was quality. Sparring with him, I learnt so much and it made me realise again that I could win a couple more belts and earn a bit more money out of the sport.”

Jones Jnr has sparred over 50 rounds with the Lightweight king, Josh Taylor (Photo: @boyjonesjnr_ on Instagram)

The Essex man has been thrown right back in at the deep end for his return to the ring, facing Connor Marsden for the Southern Area lightweight title in a couple weeks’ time. Jones Jnr knows a thing or two about his opponent, having shared the ring with him a few years back for sparring, but has nothing bad to say about him.

“He’s a nice kid. I’ve sparred with him once, a few years ago, 2018 or 2019. He’s a big, tall, rangy fighter. He’s a prospect as well, it’s a 50/50 fight really. On paper my career is going down and his is going up, so it’s a good 50/50 fight. He’s a nice kid, it’s going to be a good fight.

“Whoever loses, it isn’t the end of their career, and the winner can push on for sure and knocking on the door on the domestic scene. It’s one of those fights where it’s a good genuine 50/50 fight, we’re in an era now where everyone has to fight each other no matter what. There aren’t as many padded records now, and everyone has to take risky fights so to speak.

“I respect Connor a lot for taking the fight because the fight got offered to a few fighters and they all said no. I don’t know why, I’ve had two years off and my two fights before that I lost them both, so I don’t know why people seem to be avoiding me. But respect to Connor Marsden for taking it because like I said, we’re in an era where everyone has got to fight each other. Connor is a good fighter and a nice kid.”

Jones Jnr knows it is going to be a tough test for him, but is full of confidence that he will get his hand raised come fight night.

Having previously won the Southern Area title down at super-featherweight, a win against Marsden would make Jones Jnr a two weight Southern Area champion, which is quite the achievement. The 24-year-old knows the magnitude of this, and is supremely confident of having that belt wrapped around his waist again for the second time.

“It would be a great achievement winning it again. Fighting for the titles I’ve fought for is a