Minter backs Jones to step up and win a title
ROSS Minter is tipping fellow Crawley boxer Ben Jones to go on and win a significant title in 2010.
The former English welterweight champion says Jones has all the attributes to go on and be successful at a higher level and is now ready to take the next step in his career.
He said: "I think that the progress he has made has been brilliant and he is a very good little boxer.
"He's been built up nicely now and has enough experience to go on and do well in title fights."
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Featherweight Jones defends his International Masters Title against an as yet unnamed opponent at the K2 leisure centre on Saturday night, and Minter thinks the former Crawley Amateur Boxing Club star will relish fighting in front of his home crowd.
"I never had the chance to fight at home, I think the closest I got was up in London. When I won the English title I sold more than a thousand people who came up to support me but it's great for Ben to headline a show right on his doorstep.
"There will be a fantastic atmosphere and it is great for the town to have big boxing shows in it as not everyone who is a fan of the sport would go up to London as it can be a dear night out."
Minter says that Jones hand speed is his biggest asset but says it is the mental strength that turns a good fighter into a champion.
"When you get to this stage you're coming up against other good fighters and your not competing against journeymen who you are expected to beat.
"That can take you one of two ways. Either you feel the pressure or it brings out the best in you. When I fought for the Southern Area title against Chas Symonds it took me to another level and I'm sure it will be the same with Ben.
"He deserves his chance as he is a true professional, I bumped into him out running the other week and I know how hard he works and how much he wants it."
Minter himself is back in training as he prepares to take part in the Brighton Marathon on April 18. The 31-year-old is running for Advance, a charity in East Grinstead who help children with cerebral palsy and other brain injuries.
"I first came into contact with the charity when I was a professional and they let me use their oxygen chamber to help me recover from one of my many injuries.
"They do some fantastic work their and I'm hoping to raise as much money as possible."
Minter will be running with two other white collar boxers who will be taking part on his next Queensbury fight league boxing show at Effingham Park Hotel in Copthorne on March 27.
To sponsor Ross log onto his just giving site at www.justgiving.com/ross-minter. For more information about Advance see www.advancecentres.com or for the latest news about the Effingham Park show see www.queensburyfl.co.uk.