Rugged American Carson Jones makes his return to Oklahoma City on April 30 following two fights in the United Kingdom against former world title challenger Brian Rose.
The 29 year-old, who pushed Kell Brook all the way in 2012 before losing a rematch by stoppage, is hoping victory on home soil will be the catalyst to bigger fights down the line – including a third fight with Rose.
Jones stopped Rose in the first round of their initial meeting in February 2015 but was then beaten on points when the fighters were paired together again by promoter Eddie Hearn six months later.
Rose has since moved up to 160 pounds when losing to Matthew Macklin on the Anthony Joshua v Charles Martin undercard and Jones says he’d take on either of the Matchroom stablemates in the future.
Ex-world champion Anthony Mundine, who is due for a comeback bout soon on the back of defeat to Charles Hatley, is another name on Jones’ radar as the 51-fight veteran eyes another title push.
“I’m looking forward to a tune up fight here in Oklahoma City at Remington Park, but after that, I’m looking for bigger names. Maybe Brian Rose (III), Matthew Macklin in the UK or possibly Anthony Mundine,” Jones told World Boxing News.
“It’s been frustrating having not fought since August 1st of last year and I know Rose and Macklin are up at 160 now. Maybe I would take the fight at 160 but I would have to weigh that fight up. My options really are to fight at 154 as 160 is a bit big for me. I do want a third fight with Rose though so hopefully he will be willing to come back down to 154.
“I didn’t actually watch his fight with Macklin and I’m not really interested in watching it now unless I get a fight with one of them. I may take a glance at it, but more closely once a possible fight is on.
“Someone like Mundine also interests me as I think after I get a win he will be looking for a comeback fight. I think me beating him would put me just where I need to be and position me for a bigger fight or even a title shot,” he added.
Jones currently boasts 37 wins, eleven losses and three draws as a professional but still craves that elusive world title shot. Three reverses and a draw from seven since 2012 – all in the UK – tell their own story, although the entertaining fighter is not giving up on nailing down another high-profile encounter this year.