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Jamaican Jones vows to spoil Woolridge's record

Spoiling Jermal Woolridge's unblemished record and fighting on his birthday weekend is plenty of incentive for Muay Thai fighter Martello Jones to put his best foot forward during next month's Teachers Rugby Football Club (TRFC) Fight Night XIV.

The 26-year-old software developer and businessman will square off with Bermudian Woolridge just prior to Teresa Perozzi's WBA middleweight championship title defence against American April Ward at Berkeley Institute School Gym March 10.

In the lead up to the fight Jamaican-born Jones remains optimistic he will be equal to the task, even though he is about to venture into the unknown against a physically superior opponent.

“I don't know much about Jermal other than he's a good boxer and has good movement for a big guy,” he said. “But I plan to treat it as any other fight, which is train hard and go in there and have fun.

“I'm still working the cardio stuff and strength training because I do believe Jermal is a strong guy. Physically I think he's going to be bigger than I am so I am definitely focusing on strength and working that into my typical fighting style.”

One advantage Jones will have is his previous experience fighting San Shou (Chinese kick- boxing) fighters such as Woolridge.

“I was doing kick- boxing before I transitioned to Muay Thai,” the Ontario-based fighter said. “Even doing Muay Thai a good many of my opponents were kick- boxing based.”

K-1 rules, which includes punches, kicks and knees, will be effect during the upcoming Fight Night XIV.

“With K- 1 rules the difference between Muay Thai and kick -boxing really comes down to how the fighter applies the style, and not so much what the styles are themselves,” added Jones. “So I'm pretty confident it will be a good fight.”

Woolridge currently boasts a perfect 3-0 record in this event, an unbeaten streak Jones (9-4) will attempt to snap this year.

“I like going up against the unbeaten guys,” Jones declared. “It's a very nice challenge and I am so excited and definitely looking forward to it.”

As well as holding a physical edge, Jones said Woolridge will have the psychological advantage of fighting in front of his own fans.

“Sometimes when you are deep in the round and you feel your cardio or strength going that extra shout from one person in the corner of your crowd can really push you,” he added. “So having the hometown crowd behind you is definitely an advantage so it should work to his favour.”

But even with the home crowd behind his rival, Jones is optimistic he can still come away with a positive result.

“I like going up against the home crowd guys, it always gives me a different drive and motivation to go forward and win,” he added. “This is something I am used to and I'm just looking forward to it.”

Tickets for TRFC Fight Night XIV can be obtained at International Sports Shop and Pro Shop or online at ptix.bm.

“Ticket sales are going well and should be bought early to avoid disappointment,” an event spokesman said.

Optimistic: Muay Thai fighter Martello Jones will come up against Bermuda's Jermal Woolridge at next month's TRFC Fight Night XIV. Photo courtesy of Martello Jones

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Published February 23, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated February 23, 2012 at 8:02 am)

Jamaican Jones vows to spoil Woolridge's record

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