Natasha Jonas: The Road to Redemption
There has been a little bit of deja vu amongst Liverpool fighters over the last year or so. Many have suffered heartache resulting from devastating setbacks and are now looking to rebound and get their careers back on track.
Molly McCann has recovered from her debut loss in the UFC with 3 wins on the bounce, and her stablemate Paddy Pimblett will soon be looking to get his career going again after a loss and injury has stopped all his momentum.
Scott Fitzgerald ended the unbeaten run of Anthony Fowler, but Fowler has since returned with a win over Brian Rose and now badly wants the rematch with his bitter rival.
This Friday will see the Liverpool fighting redemption continue, Rocky Fielding makes his first appearance since Canelo Alvarez brutally ended his recent career surge.
Before Fielding tries again in Liverpool, Natasha Jonas takes her next steps on the road to recovery.
Jonas was unbeaten heading into her fight with Viviane Obenauf last year, with talk of world titles and a possible fight with Katie Taylor on the horizon.
But a surprising stoppage defeat left Jonas questioning if she should even carry on in the sport. The manner of the defeat, her first ever stoppage loss amateur or pro, was a bitter pill to swallow.
Jonas returned with a win in March, an exercise to remove the demons, to build fragile confidence. It was a somewhat tentative performance, but understandable under the circumstances.
But once that formality was out of the way, a much sharper Jonas saw off Bec Connolly in July. We saw a performance of improved confidence, cobwebs removed and the spite in her punches was obvious.
There is that tired old narrative of writing a fighter off after just one solitary defeat, and many did exactly that with Jonas.
But with lessons learned, and with the ambition to chase world titles still firmly there, Jonas still has time to repeat her amateur success in the pro game.
A win on Friday should see Jonas at least get an opportunity early next year to fight for a world title. Jonas was always too good to give up on, she’s not there yet, but her redemption is now very much within reach.
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