By John Cannon
Even though Oklahoma native Carson Jones is eagerly awaiting his toughest test to date on March 13 against former world champion Antonio Margarito in the co-main event of the mega fight between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey in Dallas, he must first prepare for his tune up fight this week. Jones, who trains at Marines boxing gym in Edinburg, will face San Antonio’s Eloy Suarez (11-7, 5 KO’s) in a five-round fight as a part of a charity event in Oklahoma City this Thursday.
Jones (24-7, 15 KO’s) said that even though has had Margarito on his mind ever since the fight was set, he still isn’t going to overlook Suarez. “This is a good tune up before the biggest fight of my career and will be a good test for me,” said Jones. “Margarito is a typical Mexican style fighter and Eloy fights pretty similar to him. However, Eloy is not as solid as Margarito , and I am going into this fight in excellent shape.”
“I don’t plan on looking past Suarez because we fought before in an exhibition bout and it ended up a no contest. But I have to admit I was not in very good shape for that fight and was not pleased with my performance. This time though I will probably stop him and in the end all that matters is I get the win.”
Jones feels two factors will give him a huge advantage going into this fight against Suarez.
“My speed is the biggest factor I have coming into this fight, and I plan on out boxing Eloy as well,” said Jones. “I am too quick for him and will use my counters to my advantage”
James Gogue, Jones’s trainer, said that Carson is a much different fighter since the last time he fought Suarez.
“When Carson fought Suarez the last time, he did not have a real hard time against him and didn’t take it real serious because it wasn’t a real fight. But this one is for real, and Carson is coming into this one ready to take care of business,” said Gogue. “Now I am not saying Suarez is going to be a pushover because he is not.”
“Eloy is a tough kid and has fought some good opposition. He is the type of fighter that will come right at you and will trade punches. However Carson is just way too fast for him and will use his speed, counters, jabs, and defense to outclass him. But we cannot take Eloy lightly.”
Gogue said that he hopes Jones comes out of this fight clean and unharmed.
”I have my fingers crossed that he doesn’t get hurt,” said Gogue. “Top Rank Boxing has allowed Carson to take this tune up fight since it is six weeks before his big fight against Margarito. But right before Carson left the gym as he gets ready to go to Oklahoma City, I simply told him to be careful and good luck.”