Ben Jones became WBO Featherweight Inter-Continental Champion when he beat Czech Martin Parlagi in an entertaining clash at the Troxy in East London.
The Crawley and Capel boxer won with a unanimous verdict with the judges scoring the bout 97-93, 96-94 and 97-93 in Jones’ favour.
It proved a tough fight as Jones suffered a knock-down and a cut to his cheek bone near his right eye in the first round.
Jones got up immediately from his early fall and took an obligatory eight-count, even though he did not look hurt from being caught by the shot.
Jones’ opponent had suffered only one defeat in a European title clash in 17 fights during his career.
Jones overcame a slow start and an attacking, taller opponent but despite bleeding from his cut throughout the contest, looked comfortably on top at the end of the ten-round fight.
The Czech looked ahead on the early rounds but Jones grew stronger as the fight went on, a tribute to his fitness and his famous staying-power his nickname Ben ‘Duracell’ Jones suggests.
Jones was seen by a doctor afterwards and taken to the nearby Royal London Hospital for stitching as there were not suitable facilities for doing so at the venue, according to the doctor.
For Jones, 33, it was his fifth win this year and he hopes to use this win to challenge for a World title.
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