JDNXTGEN: Natasha Jonas is nearly ready for a world title fight and will sharpen her skills on Sunday
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 19/02/18 6:16pm
Natasha Jonas says she is almost ready for a world title fight, but firstly needs to find an opponent who can stand up longer to her improving punch power.
The former Team GB fighter is eager to test herself at the top level after just four fights and will sharpen her skills against Karina Kopinska on this Sunday's JDNXTGEN bill, live on Sky Sports.
Jonas could be made to wait a little longer, with a number of the champions tied up due to title commitments, and admits she requires more demanding preparation than her previous bouts, which have all ended in stoppage wins.
"To be honest, I was hoping to have one on this NXTGEN show to get the rounds in, because I haven't actually gone past six rounds yet, and then go for a world title," said the super-featherweight.
Hopefully I'm going to be moved up quite quickly, but I've got to get the rounds, just to mentally know that I've done it myself first.
"But it looks like we're struggling to find which world champion is available, because a lot of them have got mandatory defences and stuff.
"Hopefully I'm going to be moved up quite quickly, but I've got to get the rounds, just to mentally know that I've done it myself first."
Kopinska was stopped inside three rounds on the professional debut of Katie Taylor, who fights for a second world title at lightweight in New York on April 28, live on Sky Sports.
Jonas wants to push along her own career at a similarly fast pace and has developed a more aggressive approach after switching to the paid ranks.
"According to [trainer] Joe [Gallagher], I'm punching very hard, so that's always a plus, but I always knew from the amateur days I could punch," said Jonas.
"It didn't actually suit the amateur style. Regardless of how hard the punch was, you only got a point for it. Now you can win rounds, you can stop people, so it works out well for me."
As a member of Joe Gallagher's gym, Jonas regularly spars with respected fighters such as Anthony Crolla, Paul Butler, and Scott Cardle.
And the Liverpudlian says her gym-mates have supplied the perfect grounding for when she does step up in class.
"I've got British champions, former world champions, and it's not only the class of the sparring, it's also what they are teaching me as we go along," said Jonas.
"Every single one of them have got their own strong points. If I'm doing something that they can always counter then they will tell me, or if a shot is good, they will say 'use that a lot more.'
"Even down to when I was fighting in Liverpool for the first time. I was probably more nervous in Liverpool than I was on my debut, because it's in front of your home fans and you want to perform.
"Stephen Smith and all the Smiths were giving me advice about that. Not just the boxing side, the psychological side as well."