Natasha Jonas: ‘Time is running out for me’

Natasha Jonas is taking a leap of faith in her next fight. She explains why and gives her an opinion on how former opponent Katie Taylor performed against Amanda Serrano. I spoke to Elliot and Russell

When Natasha Jonas pushed Katie Taylor to the wire in her 2021 ‘Battle of the Year’ competition, losing only by the narrowest of margins, she was, at the time, oblivious to the fact that the performance would be both a blessing and a curse.

On the one hand, the fight was so exciting, and Jonas’ display so impressive, that many came out seeing Liverpool in a new light, assuming a world title would someday be inevitable. However, on the other hand, given how dangerous Jonas appeared that night, and given how nearly she had conquered Taylor, the performance also gave potential opponents every reason to avoid fighting Jonas in the future.

Since that night, unfortunately, Jonas has only fought once [a points win over the 2-11-4 Vaida Masiokaite in November]. I have watched many competitors turn down fights with her and have even had to escape the tried and tested weight divisions – featherweight and lightweight – in order to look for opportunities elsewhere.

Now, at 37, and with time running out, Jonas looks to the future as a super heavyweight.

I said to Bin [Shalom, promoter] when signing [for Boxxer]”I want to be a world champion,” said Jonas. boxing news. “When we re-evaluated it in the new year, the scene looked like this: Terry [Harper] Lost, [Alycia] Baumgardner looks like she’s fighting [Hyun-Mi] Choi, I’m not sure what Maeva is [Hamadouche] He does, Katie [Taylor] He will be in two fights with [Amanda] Cyrano, Chantelle [Cameron] In the [Road to Undisputed] Championship and [Jessica] McCaskill chases Katie. They have all gone. These four weights are gone. I do not have Any other choice. I’ll never know how he did it, but Ben managed to get it out of the bag to fight in 154 [pounds]. It was either a fight there or no one was fighting.”

Jonas’ first welterweight match was on February 19 in Manchester. It will be a fight for the vacant WBO welterweight belt and will be against Poland’s Ewa Pyatkowska, 16-1 [4].

“There’s not a lot of shot available for her, if I’m being honest,” Jonas said. “But she’s fought heavier weight than before and she’s naturally a little bit bigger. She’s 5’9, very tall. Good reach, good long shots. But when you look at the competition you always look at her flaws and there are a lot of flaws. She’ll look at me and think about it. Himself “.

As a major prop to the late but still somehow compelling battle between Amir Khan and Keel Brook, Jonas’ fight against Pyatkovska is a meaningful battle and means more than just belt on the line. It’s, for Jonas, a chance to rediscover some much-needed momentum and also come up with a bargaining chip that she can use later at the negotiating table.

“I’m too risky and low-reward for a lot of girls,” she said. “I don’t have a title or anything and you’d be surprised how many people don’t want to fight. I’ve chased a lot of people who are highly ranked in certain weight divisions and don’t want to fight.

“If I win this at 154, I have something to bring to the table and show it to someone like McCaskill. Or I can say to Hannah Rankin, ‘Well, would you like to unite?’

“It’s boring just waiting and seeing what happens. I don’t have the time to do it. I’m not like Sandy Ryans or Ellie Scotneys, who have a lot of time. I don’t want to be boxing forever and time is running out for me.”

Don’t get me wrong, there are boxers like [Maria] Lindberg and [Cecilia] Brækhus who fought in their forties, but I don’t know if I had that inside of me. I have a world title challenge in me, and if I win, I’ll have a big fight against someone else. But I don’t know how long this can last. I don’t know how long I can keep putting myself through, more mentally than physically. “

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With so many of the UK’s first waves of female boxing stars now in their mid to late thirties, it’s time for some of them to reflect and perhaps even regret. Still, hungry for titles and still learning from past mistakes rather than grumbling, Jonas remains ambitious and determined to be known for more than just giving Katie Taylor all she can afford in 2021. That fight still pisses Jonas off, it’s Obvious, but “Miss JB supports Taylor for defeating Cyrano in April and is in some ways grateful to Taylor also for teaching her a lesson.

“I think Katie is still winning, but I think it’s one of the most dangerous fights,” said Jonas, 10-2-1. [7]. “I think Cyrano is wrong for Katie. If you look at her amateur record, the people who either hit her or pushed her close to them were all southern paws. In the pros it’s the same. [Delfine] Pearson was a tough, forward-looking, nonstop fighter, and that’s also what Serrano is. She does MMA as well as boxing and you can hit as hard as you want but there is no such thing as a kick to the head. She’s tough, she’ll get ahead, she’s going to be aggressive, and she’s Southern. These things combined make it a problem for Katie.

Having said that, there is no style that Katie hasn’t fought before. She knows how to win close fights. Even in our fight, she won the fight in the last two rounds by throwing one, two, three, four, one, two, three, four, one, two , three, four, twice 30 seconds ago. It ended up being the ninth round that let me down. But that was also an experiment on her part. That was a learning curve for me and I wouldn’t make the same mistake again.”

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