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Boxing: Jones back on title track.

Byline: NICK PEET

MICHAEL JONES got his title aspirations back on track before controversy reared its ugly head on a great night's boxing on Saturday night.

Liverpool's former Commonwealth champion easily outpointed Watford's Ojay Abrahams over six rounds to collect a comfortable 60-56 points decision.

It was Jones' first outing since April's defeat to Mancunian Jamie Moore, when the 28 year -old Scouser lost his Commonwealth and British title challenge.

But the city light middleweight showed no signs of that loss, the only blip in what is now an impressive 18-fight pro career, at the MEN Arena.

Jones was right back in the old groove from the first bell as he controlled the wily visitor from behind his stinging left jab.

Abrahams -a late replacement for Portuguese fighter Eugenio Montero who pulled out on Friday -is a known spoiler, a dangerous journeyman who can punch and often catches out fighters on the way up.

In Jones he found a man on a mission however. The slick punching Speke boxer controlled the bout with ease as he mixed his punches from head to body.

Mancunian Moore, who also looked impressive making the first defence of his titles, remains Jones' obvious target,but that could be one rematch that will have to wait for the new year.

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VICTORY: Jones; GREAT FIGHT: Korean Injin Chi lands one on the nose of Michael Brodie on Saturday night
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 20, 2003
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