Amari Jones Looks To Be Next Major Boxing Prospect Out Of The Bay Area
Devin Haney vs. Jorge Linares
How To Watch: 5 PM PST, Saturday, May 22nd, Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Oakland, California’s own Amari Jones is only one fight into his career, but fighting on the biggest stage yet, as he is featured on the Devin Haney vs Jorge Linares undercard, May 22nd, live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center, broadcast worldwide on DAZN.
“It’s a big opportunity to showcase my talent,” said welterweight Amari Jones in an exclusive interview with Lukie on Monday morning. “I am really proud of myself, and this moment feels good.”
Jones, a top amateur boxer holding wins over Vito Mielnicki Jr., Domantaze “Juicy” Duncan, and Kasir “Mazzi” Goldston. The Goldston win put him on the national radar, as Goldston had an illustrious amateur career, with far and away the most international experience of any young fighter. Jones beating Goldston, basically told insiders in the sport of boxing, Amari Jones had something special, and as a pro he had to just refine upon it, to make it to the world-class level.
Enter Devin Haney, and Bill Haney.
Over the past year, Amari Jones has become a member of Devin Haney Promotions, and now living in Las Vegas, training day-after-day side-by-side with WBC lightweight world champion, Devin Haney.
“Working with Bill is great, he knows a lot, and he has been around a lot of the best coaches,” said Jones about Bill Haney, the father and trainer of Devin Haney being in his corner for this upcoming bout on Saturday. “He teaches me a lot, he knows a lot about the game, and I soak it up.”
Jones’ professional debut which was pushed back due to the COVID-19 restriction across the world saw him knockout Alberto Delgado in one minute and sixteen seconds of the first round, as Jones turned pro at a catchweight a little above the super welterweight limit, in April of this year in Atlanta. Jones will now look to duplicate that same success from his first fight in his adopted hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I never go into a fight looking for a knockout, but if it comes it comes,” said a humble Jones. “I just want to box and focus on what I do well, and not think about looking for a knockout for this fight, but a knockout is always the goal.”
Jones is looking to be one of the next great Bay Area boxers as he has the amateur pedigree, and being around a world champion like Devin Haney, as this camp was the first time Jones had been involved with Victor Conte’s elite SNAC System team, which includes world-class preparation with track and speed coach Remi Korchemny. Jones is being put in a position to win, and now all he has to do is learn while he matures and gets to be in a position to have meaningful fights.
Jones fights this Saturday.