After losing an extremely tight bout where the SA Challengers Belt was on the line, local boxer Jesse Jones responded in typical fashion.
Mentally that was one of the toughest fights I’ve ever had, I had to go out of my comfort zone to win the fightJesse Jones.
He went for a run the next morning, got back in the gym, then won some more fights.
Jesse, at only 16-years-old, improved his record to 12 wins and 2 losses after winning both his bouts at the Queensland Golden Gloves event last week.
In his first fight he dispatched his opponent with relative ease, winning in a unanimous decision. However the second fight, against a boy from Canberra much taller than him, proved to be more difficult.
“I did find that challenging in the first round, but once he started to get more tired I started to break him down,” Jesse said.
"Mentally that was one of the toughest fights I’ve ever had, I had to go out of my comfort zone to win the fight.”
The rope-a-dope strategy worked for Jesse, who ended up winning via split decision. He walked away with another pair of golden gloves to add to his trophy cabinet.
“I definitely learnt new ways to fight, every fight you’re always learning new things and getting better,” he said.
Now Jesse is planning to challenge for the SA Challengers Belt a second time, and is keen for an opportunity for retribution against Sean Laba from Pumpt Gym in Adelaide.
“(The last championship fight) was one of my closest fights...to be honest I thought I had won but it was just too close to call,” he said.
The split decision loss will no doubt spur him to win the belt, and Warlocks Whyalla Coach Justin Fennell believes he has what it takes to win.
“To come back so strong and dominate like that after a very close and upsetting fight is really good,” he said.
Local fighters like Jesse could have the opportunity to box at Iron Gloves, a new fight night that JPF Promotions have applied with Boxing SA to host in April or June next year.