Jones: Brook needs a higher ranking to fight me
USBA welterweight champion Carson Jones is ready to take advantage of his high ranking with the IBF and has told WBN that he would be willing to fight Kell Brook in his own back yard in a final title eliminator this summer.
The 25 year-old, who defends his title against Allen Conyers later this month, is then eyeing up an opportunity to face the winner of the vacant title bout between Mike Jones and Randall Bailey, which will happen on the Pacquiao v Bradley undercard.
“I’m looking to fighting whoever it is I have to fight in an eliminator for the IBF welterweight title,” Jones told World Boxing News.
“As of now Mike Jones is number one, Randall Bailey is two and they are fighting for the title. I’m at three and Hector Saldivia is four, but if it just so happens that Brook gets moved up to number four, I will gladly fight him here in the U.S or in England – it doesn’t matter to me, I just want the opportunity.”
Jones has currently lost eight of his 45 contests so far, but has racked up seven straight stoppages on his way to the top end of the rankings. The Oklahoma-native is critical of Brook’s recent opponents though and believes that ‘The Special One’ may need to prove his credentials more before his meets the division’s top fighters.
“It was a good performance from Brook against Matthew Hatton and congrats to him, but Hatton isn’t a world class fighter. Yes, he has the name because of his brother but he hasn’t beaten anyone of importance.
“As for Kell Brook, I think he’s world class for the most part – but he is highly overrated in my opinion,” added Jones.
Brook returns on July 7th in his home town of Sheffield once more and promoter Eddie Hearn has promised the two-belt champion a top opponent as he continues his quest for a world title shot and Jones could conceivably be that fighter.