Portsmouth-trained talent out to stun Benn

Ross Jameson will take on Conor Benn tonight at the Manchester Arena
Ross Jameson will take on Conor Benn tonight at the Manchester Arena
Ivy-Jane Smith. Picture: England Boxing

Heart star will be ready for anything

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ROSS JAMESON has promised to stun boxing as his dreams come true.

The Portsmouth-trained light-welterweight has his chance to shock the sport tonight when he takes on Conor Benn.

Jameson will take on the son of British boxing legend, Nigel, at the Manchester Arena on the undercard of Anthony Crolla’s world-title unification with Jorge Linares.

The odds are stacked against the 27-year-old as he steps up a division to take on welterweight Benn over five rounds.

It’s a moment the Michael Ballingall-trained man from Middlesbrough has always dreamed of, however, and he is determined to seize his opportunity.

And Jameson believes he has the boxing skills to upset the man known as the Destroyer.

He said: ‘As a kid, I always wanted to be a professional boxer and box live on TV. So I’m now going to achieve two of my dreams within the space of a few months.

‘I used to sit in the pub with my mates saying I will be there one day.

‘My friends used to laugh at me when I used to say that – but now it’s happening.

‘Benn’s strong and he wants to fight, but he hasn’t fought a boxer.

‘Everyone he’s fought hasn’t done anything. They just been there to get beat. I’m not going in there to be a punchbag. I’m going in there to show him how to box.

‘I can definitely pose him a few questions he hasn’t been asked.

‘I’m going to take him all the way and I think I can win every round. I’m confident I can do this.’

Jameson has won one and lost one of his two professional contests since becoming a professional in July.

But he has an impressive amateur record and won back-to-back ABA Senior Novices’ titles.

He feels Benn will be in for a shock if he thinks he is going to bulldoze the challenge Jameson presents.

He said: ‘We were looking for something like this a few weeks ago but it never came off.

‘I was gutted and ended up in the pub watching his last fight.

‘Then Friday last week Mike said I’d been accepted to fight him this time.

‘So it’s straight back to the gym and I believe I can teach him a boxing lesson.

‘This is a weight above my usual weight but I don’t mind stepping up.

‘I had 28 fights and won 21 as an amateur and won two national titles in 2007 and 2008.

‘I had some time out, but have met Mike and come back now.

‘I’ve been through my amateur career, white collar and now I’m professional.

‘There has been a lot of boxing in my life. He’s been fed it with baby spoons.

‘So I’m going to get in there and show him what I’m all about.’