The Return of Otha Jones III, Jones Ready To Return After Draw

Otha Jones III is one of the best amateurs in the past 20-years in the United States boxing scene, but not just that, a decorated amateur wrestler as well, amassing over a 100 wins in each sport, growing up.

The Matchroom USA Boxing fighter though was left with a bitter tase in his mouth after his last bout, a draw to late-minute replacement,

“I can’t stand getting a draw, and I know people are doubting me, so I have a chip on my shoulder and something to prove,” said the talented Jones III said via the phone at his families gym, The Soul City Boxing Gym in Toledo, Ohio. “I want to be a legendary fighter, I want to be one of the greats, and I know I have to take control of my career in order to get that place in the sport and that is what I am doing.”

To do that, Jones III has gone back to his humble beginnings to get his motivation for

“OJ3 is a growing adult, and he knows what he wants,” says his father and co-trainer, Otha Jones II. “He has renewed focus and vigor when it comes to training, and feels he has a lot to prove and we’re working on the adjustments needed for him to accomplish what he is capable of.”

Jones III, who last fought in October of 2020 against Kevin Mendoza, who was signed to Mexican promotional powerhouse, Zanfer Promotions. Mendoza despite being undefeated was a late-minute replacement for Jones III’s original opponent.

“I want to have him ready for any situation, even if the opponent were to change at the last minutes,” said Roshawn Jones, Jones III’s co-trainer and brother. “The talent he has is unmatched, we just need him to perform with the urgency that we know he is capable of.”

Yet, despite all the glamour and glitz surrounding a young fighter signed to Matchroom USA, as reported on, previously – Jones III’s goals are much deeper.

“I am not going to lie, I feel like I let people down,” said Jones III. “I am the symbol of the gym to the youth – I am the spokesperson of Soul City Boxing Gym to the young kids who might end up in trouble if I don’t come off as a good role model or win fights,” said Jones III. “This is deeper than just boxing for me, I want to help my community, and my career is my gateway to do that. I don’t want to let down Toledo.”

Jones enters 2021, with six pro fights in two years, and despite fighting two times in a little over-a-week, the honeymoon is over, as it is time for Jones III to make the step-up in 2021 and become the prospect most expect him to be.

“It is go-time!,” said Jones III. “I have waited my whole life for this moment, and I won’t let one misstep define me.”

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