Exclusive: Carson Jones fears for Kell Brook’s eye sockets, open to Bradley Skeete or Sam Eggington
Carson Jones has business to take of next month against Abel Perry but still sees a return to the United Kingdom in his future.
The 55-fight veteran, 31, has fought six times on British shores since debuting in the UK in 2012 when giving Kell Brook all the trouble he could handle in a closely fought majority defeat.
Since then, Jones has won two, drawn one and lost two of five subsequent trips and has built a reputation with the British fans who know exactly what they are going to get from the American when he makes an appearance.
Upon hearing of Brook’s desire to move up in weight to the same weight class Jones now campaigns in at super-welterweight, the Oklahoma man would like to be considered for a potential trilogy bout with the ex-world title holder in the future.
“You know moving up in weight, maybe that’s a better option for him as that’s a pretty stacked division as well in a lot of money to be made,” Jones exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Brook is a big welter and I don’t think he will have any trouble at 154 pounds. They have an opponent for him already (in Sergey Rabchenko) but you know Mr. Jones is always up for a good scrap, so you never know in the future.”
On how Brook will cope at the higher limit following two successive defeats and alternate broken eye sockets, Jones added: “You know only time will tell, but the main concern I would have is both of his eyes. Both of them have been broken I’m pretty sure it won’t take much to reinjure then,” he pointed out.
“But I think he can have some success at 154, the only thing is if anything happens again with the sockets I think then it’s time for Brook to call it quits.”
Asked what his own future holds after facing former sparring partner Perry on January 6, Jones foresees something else happening across the Atlantic, even if not against Brook.
“Surprisingly, I haven’t been offered anything in the UK for a while, but honestly I prefer to fight over there,” said Jones.
“The UK, that’s kind of like my bread and butter as I make the most money over there. Here in the US, it’s kind of always been slow for me and I’m not sure why.
“But just so everyone knows I’m available to fight anyone at 154, so if Sam Eggington needs a comeback fight I’m ready or Bradley Skeete wants a fight at 154 I’m here. Any of those guys so let’s make it happen,” he added before concluding with his own planned tribute to people in his life he’s recently been unfortunate enough to lose.
“I’m dedicating this next fight to two people that recently died. Kaia Banios and McKenzie Asher.
“Kaia was a friend of mine who was 28 years old and McKenzie was a little girl who died of leukemia at age just 11. My fight against Perry is for them.”
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay