Alldis eager to get Jones back in ring
MICHAEL Alldis says it was vital to get Ben Jones back into the ring as soon as possible after his quick-fire defeat to Steve Smith.
And he believes the Redhill-based star will benefit from fighting at an appropriate weight for a bout that could lead to great things.
Jones, 29, takes on Jamie Speight for the vacant IBO international lightweight title on Saturday in Hove. Jones lost his WBO Inter-Continental super featherweight title fight to Smith in early March in a first-round knockout.
Alldis said: "My decision was to get Ben straight back in. It's like getting a kid back on his bike straight away when he falls off.
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"You can't sit about lingering, feeling sorry for yourself, because that just drags you down.
"Steve Smith had just got beaten, but he came good. You are only as good as your last fight.
"Jamie Speight is very beatable, but he's an awkward opponent.
"The later rounds will be more in Ben's favour, but the first few rounds will be tricky. Round four onwards will be in Ben's favour.
"I don't know how durable this kid is, I've only seen him a few times on YouTube, but Ben can go the distance.
"I'm expecting a comfortable points win or a late knockout win."
Jones will be better suited to the weight, too.
"Mistakes were made last time. We had to get him down to 9st 2oz last time and it is quite a push to get him under 9st 4oz.
"He was totally dehydrated. He got hit and he was totally scrambled. We've stepped him up a weight and he'll be around 9st 7oz, which is much more comfortable and a natural weight for him. He should be nice and strong."
Should Jones win, he would be able to contest "a major title" within two or three fights, Alldis believes.