Natasha Jonas: On The Hunt For More

Natasha Jonas: On The Hunt For More

Back in camp, opponent soon to be confirmed, Natasha Jonas has one world title belt, and now she is on the hunt for more.

Jonas will get her homecoming on September 3rd, almost a year on from a night when she was cruelly denied a fight in front of her Liverpool faithful. Another story for another day.

‘Miss GB’ has moved on to pastures new and the fledgling partnership with Boxxer and Sky reaped almost instant rewards. After two wafer-thin near misses, Jonas finally claimed that elusive world title when she moved effortlessly through the weight divisions to impressively beat Chris Namus in February.

Jonas carried her power up to super-welterweight to stop Namus in two rounds on the undercard of the long-awaited domestic showdown between Kell Brook and Amir Khan, but Jonas, is now after more.

Despite winning the WBO title in Manchester, Jonas isn’t satisfied. Talk of a unification fight with Hannah Rankin who holds the WBA and IBO titles in the division Jonas now resides, has been ripe since the Liverpool fighter landed the finishing punches against Namus. Despite a rival offer, trust me, a fight between Jonas and Rankin is far more likely than one between Rankin and Terri Harper.

But Rankin or not, Jonas still holds ambitions to leave a lasting legacy on her sport. The stay at super-welterweight might be one to undisputed, but Jonas still has hopes of moving back down to prove a point against the likes of Jessica McCaskill and is still chasing another meeting with Katie Taylor.

For many reasons, thoughts of McCaskill and Taylor might be more in hope than realistic, but Jonas isn’t one to take no for an answer. If there is a way, she will find it. Mandatory positions are there for a reason. Being in a rival promotion shouldn’t mean the door is permanently shut on an opportunity.

Jonas is riding an Indian Summer in her career. After that shocking defeat to Viviane Obenauf in 2018, that nearly ended everything, and two desperately close calls with Harper and Taylor, the win over Namus gave Jonas some semblance of peace.

Liverpool is a true fighting city, Jonas epitomises her home city in many ways. There have been doubts, tears and disappointments along the way. She has needed resilience and plenty of it over the years, but Jonas is perfectly set to end her career on a high. And on her terms.

Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/Boxxer

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