American welterweight Carson Jones is heading into his coveted return with highly-ranked contender Kell Brook next month in confident mood after running the Briton close in their first meeting a year ago.
The 26 year-old is preparing to travel to the UK for third time in his career on July 13 and aims to score his first win on British soil following the majority decision loss to Brook, which was followed up by an eight-round draw with Irishman Dean Byrne.
“I am approaching this rematch as it was a gift, not only sent from God, but as if God brought it to me on a silver platter and said; ‘here son, he’s all yours,’ Jones told World Boxing News.
“I was very surprised to get the call to fight Brook again. I had kind of been waiting for something big and had just fought a tune up fight so it was perfect timing.
“I have wanted this more than anything and I am 100% confident that I will win this time.”
Jones wasn’t the only one surprised at Brook’s decision to seek out a return after ‘The Special One’ struggled in their clash the first time around and was then so close to a world title shot at Devon Alexander.
After the Motorpoint Arena battle last July, Brook cited his preparation as the main reason for the fight with Jones being so tough and there has since been some talk of the Sheffield fighter taking a dangerous and unnecessary backward step for the Hull clash.
“Well all I have to say is that if they think it’s a backwards step for him then me beating him must be a forward step for me,” laughed Jones.
Amazingly, Jones will fight for the 50th time in his career on the night despite his tender years and the return with Brook will take on extra significance for the Oklahoma fighter due the tragic natural disasters happening in his hometown.
“I am dedicating this next fight to my mom for one because July 13th is her birthday and also to my home of Oklahoma. They have had a lot of tragedy happen there in the past few weeks and even though I am not there due to having to be in training camp, I love my city and everyone in it and everyone is in my prayers,” he emphasized.