British Lightweight Dean Jones, Real Combat Media Ringer of the Month
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Unheralded ‘rising’ British lightweight Dean Jones of Telford, Shropshire, United Kingdom, is the Real Combat Media Ringer of the Month. Great Britain’s newest aspiring ringer, Jones turned pro, and went 0-10 in 2018, then pulled a Peter Buckley move out of the rabbit’s hat. The British boxing photo of Jones cuts the classic ringer pose, his hand down as the ‘’loser’. Or so it appeared. It is one of the only rare photos of Jones in existence, whose boxing ability has suddenly made amazing ‘miraculous’ improvement.
Ten of Jones’ first 11 pro bouts were against unbeaten opponents, the only other bout a loss to a more experienced 10-4 fighter. From his pro debut August 18, 2018, to now, Jones has boxed 48 rounds successfully and has gone to decisions eleven times without getting hurt.
The career of Jones suddenly becomes ‘more amazing’.
A ringer’s ‘career’ makes him available to ‘lose’ on a moment’s notice, typically for the right price. Unlike the television game show ‘The Price is Right’, the ‘price’ sometimes is not right, whereby a ringer’s ability suddenly improves, and he wins a bout he was supposed to lose. It happens every once in a while, and Jones wins the monthly recognition.
However, all that changed on January 25, 2019, when Jones won an impressive six round decision over rising unbeaten prospect Barrie Mcrorie at the Strathclyde Business Park Doubletree by Hilton in Bellshill. After giving away one round feel out his opponent, Jones easily won the next five rounds on the scorecards to win the bout 59-56. Jones is now 1-11.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Was it luck? This reporter doesn’t think so. Jones has talent. Different boxers express their talent in different ways. If history is any indicator in British boxing, the available Jones will soon be boxing eight rounders for higher stakes. Ta-ta.