ADAM Jones comes from a fighting background and his trainer Stefy Bull is backing him to achieve what his uncle wasn’t allowed to.
Jones’ maternal uncle is former journeyman Kevin Plant, a much better fighter than his welterweight record suggests, who fought on the road to make a living in post-miners’ strike Denaby in the late 1980s.
With the right backing Bull is hopeful that Jones, aged 19, also from Denaby, can make a success of himself in the ring.
Jones will make his professional bow on Bull’s show at the Dome on Friday. He will box as a light-middleweight against Scunthorpe’s Steve Spence, who was beaten by Jones’ Mexborough stablemate Stuart Brookes on his last visit to the town last year.
Plant made it to 50 fights but his 51st ended in very distressful style in Madrid in 1991.
Bull takes up the story: “Kevin was a good fighter but he never really got the chance to box at home or to make a go of his talent.
“He lost a couple of close decisions for the Central Area title which was a bigger deal back then than it is now.
“I saw his last fight live on Spanish television and he got stopped by an African fighter and ended up in a coma.
“It would’ve been good to see where he would’ve gone if he’d had a real chance in boxing.”
Boxing’s as much about giving people opportunities as it is winning titles and Bull is only too pleased to provide Jones with the platform in which to make it in the professional game.
“It’s good to give these lads a chance to box at home and I’m very privileged to be in a position to do it,” he said.
“Adam’s such a quiet, nice lad. He comes from a fighting background but you wouldn’t think it. He’ll do well as a pro.”
Places are still available for the England v Europe theme and VIP tickets (including meal and waitress service) are £55. Stalls and balcony are £35. VIP ticket holders will also be allowed into the aftershow party at Bar Toast in the town centre. For tickets call 01302 370777.