Natasha Jonas, now a two-weight world champion, is trying to safe the largest fights with actual urgency.
« I do not need to wait round. I have never obtained time on my aspect to be ready round. It is all about what is sensible, » she advised Sky Sports activities.
Wanting forward, Jonas desires to face among the prime names in girls’s boxing with Katie Taylor, Chantelle Cameron and Olympic gold medallist Lauren Worth in her sights.
Taylor edged out Jonas within the 2012 Olympic Video games and defeated her as soon as extra within the skilled ranks on factors in a aggressive 2021 world title combat.
On the prospect of going through Taylor once more, Jonas acknowledged: « I need to have a victory over Katie earlier than I retire. Katie is unquestionably one of many ones on the hit listing. »
Cameron handed Taylor a primary skilled loss in Might. Jonas is aware of higher than anybody simply how good she is, however that is why she desires the combat.
« Chantelle is one of the best fighter that we have got on these shores, » the Liverpudlian defined. « Chantelle helped me out with the [Terri] Harper combat, she’s helped me out with the Katie camps. We have recognized one another since GB and earlier than that. We have got an extended historical past of being pals and there’s no animosity. It is simply that is simply boxing enterprise. »
Cameron will field Taylor as soon as once more in a super-lightweight world championship rematch on November 25.
Lauren Worth, the star of the Tokyo Olympic Video games, is one other fighter Jonas is taking a look at.
Worth is extremely thought to be one of many brightest skills in British boxing, and added one other accolade to her resume when she gained the inaugural British girls’s welterweight title after outclassing Kirstie Bavington over 10 rounds in Might.
However Jonas had a phrase of warning for Worth, saying: « It is a bit onerous for Lauren as a result of you’ll be able to go from Kirstie Bavington to me actually fast and there is a large bounce at school and distinction. »
Though Worth could also be inexperienced on the highest stage, Jonas is not ready to be affected person.
« To me, proper now it is all about not losing time, » the champion mentioned. « If she hasn’t obtained a combat and she or he’s the one there, then that is sensible for me. »
Jonas delivered a dominant show in her final outing in opposition to Kandi Wyatt, securing a spectacular stoppage victory within the eighth spherical to develop into the IBF welterweight champion.
Dropping down from super-welter noticed Jonas develop into a two-division world champion.
She famous: « The load wasn’t ever a problem. I by no means wished to be 154lbs or anyplace close to that restrict as a result of it was too heavy. In coaching and in sparring, it was detrimental to my efficiency. So, I’ve at all times weighed in actually mild as a result of that is the burden I am higher at boxing.
« I knew [Wyatt] was robust and recreation. You may hit her with what you need, and she or he’ll take it and simply hold coming. [You have to be] methodical and break her down. »
Jonas is able the place she will take into account placing the ultimate touches on her legacy.
« While you’re a fighter within the second, you are simply centered on the outcomes. However when individuals say it now, it is good to understand the second and look again and suppose, ‘Oh, wow. That’ll be there endlessly,' » she mentioned.
Regardless of going through early setbacks in her profession, Jonas expressed her new-found confidence and self-belief: « Social media is a cesspit of negativity, and everybody’s obtained an opinion and it is not at all times the comfortable place that it ought to be. However I believe for me, it is the peace that I’ve obtained with myself.
« I have been saying for thus lengthy and attempting to make everybody else imagine that I used to be elite world stage. Now I do not even care whether or not they imagine it or not. I do know I’m. »