NEWPORT fighter Jerome Samuels has his sights set on the Welsh welterweight title after four successive victories.
The 20-year-old, son of former IBF inter-continental light-middleweight champion Paul Samuels, has turned his boxing career round after losing his first five bouts as a professional.
And after beating Blackwood’s Dai Jones at the Newport Centre in September, Samuels takes on the 26-year-old again for the Welsh title in March.
The Gwent pair meet again at the Cardiff City House of Sport on Saturday, March 8, as the chief support on a show promoted by former world champion Steve Robinson.
Top of the bill is the Welsh cruiserweight title showdown between Blackwood’s Hari Miles and Cardiff’s Craig Kennedy.
Also in action are Luke Robinson, Peter Ashton and Romeo Romaeo.
But, after being forced to pull out of his last fight in December due to a knuckle injury, Samuels is determined to be the star of the show this time round.
And, having won their last six round contest 58-57 on points, he is in no doubt that he’ll prevail again against Jones.
“I want to start the year with a bang because 2014 is going to be my year,” said Samuels.
“I’ve been working hard with my trainer Richie Garner, sparring with Tony Pace, and I’m feeling in great shape.
“I’m going to bully Dai Jones and I will stop him this time, without a doubt.”
Samuels says that a Welsh title would mean a lot to him as he would be following in the footsteps of his father who won the Welsh light-middleweight belt in 1998.
“The Welsh title would be great because it means you go down in the history books,” said Samuels.
“My father won it and I’d be following a lot of great fighters and, who knows, maybe it could lead to me doing Prizefighter and raising my profile even more.”
For tickets to the show on Saturday, March 8, contact Samuels on 07808867356 or call the House of Sport on 02920 643742.