By Jake Donovan
Otha Jones III doesn’t plan to do anything the easy way.
The 19-year old rookie prospect from Toledo, Ohio is already making waves barely four months through his first year as a pro. His first career fight came in an aggressive pairing with Giorgi Gelashvili, scoring a hard-fought six decision in March.
Jones’ last outing was considerably easier, needing just 100 seconds to get rid of journeyman Michael Horabin. Always wanting more, the former amateur standout demanded of promoter Eddie Hearn to get him right back in the ring.
No sooner his request came a wish granted, as he returns just eight days later on the undercard of this weekend’s DAZN-streamed show in Providence, Rhode Island.
“This is a great opportunity,” acknowledges Jones (2-0, 1KO), who faces Argentina’s Matias Agustin Arriagada in a scheduled six-round super featherweight contest. “I fought last weekend in London and now I am back in Providence to put on another show.”
Jones’ latest contest comes on the undercard of Providence’s own Demetrius Andrade (27-0, 17KOs), who fights in his hometown for the first time in his 11-year career. The 2008 U.S. Olympian and three-time titlist in two weight divisions puts his middleweight strap on the line versus Poland’s Maciej Sulecki (28-1, 11KOs) in the main event.
“It is great to share this platform with two of my buddies from the amateurs, Ray Ford and Alexis Espino, and my idol, Demetrius Andrade,” notes Jones, a 21-time National Champion in the amateurs where he compiled a 283-13 record. “My dad used to make me do homework on ‘Boo Boo’ and now I am sharing a card with him.
“It’s crazy and I am humbled to be here. I am excited to put on a show on Saturday night.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox