HUNTER “DUDE” JONES delivers the knock out blow to Darnell Trotter July 12 at Horseshoe Casino Riverdome in Bossier City. Jones knocked out Trotter in the first round to retain his American Kombat Alliance (AKA) amateur heavy weight title. (Submitted photo)
In the future, you will be seeing “less” of Hunter “Dude” Jones. Less meaning Jones wants to fight in the light heavy weight class instead of his current heavy weight class.
Jones (3-1) is coming off an impressive first round knock out against Darnell Trotter at the Horseshoe Casino Riverdome in Bossier City to defend his American Kombat Alliance (AKA) heavy weight championship belt.
“As of right now, I am going to start cutting down and fight two or three fights at 205 pounds,” Jones said. “I want to turn pro in the light heavy weight class.”
AKA wants Jones to defend his title again sometime in November in Shreveport. He is not sure “what the future holds,” but did not rule out the possibility of fighting in the heavy weight class as a light heavy weight and possibly be a two-division champion.
“I would like to put that on my resume,” Jones said. “You have to do something spectacular to get noticed.”
Jones is well on his way to getting noticed by those in the pro ranks with two title fights and two first round knock outs. The only loss on Jones’ record was to Odie Delaney, a three time national champion collegiate wrestler. During the Delaney fight, Jones was coming off an extended illness and admits he might have rushed into the fight.
Jones assures the public and his fans he is “putting the work in” preparation of future fights at the light heavyweight class. To prepare for the division change, Jones is working out in three different locations in Winnsboro, Monroe and Baton Rouge.
“I am going to have a lot of different bodies I will be wrestling,” Jones said. “In the next several months, I am planning on progressing and really stepping my game up. Every time I step into the octagon, I feel like I am improving and feeling more calm and comfortable.”
Jones said he could not have gotten this far without the support of his fans and family.
“I’d like to thank all of the support from my family and friends and everybody that has come out to support me or watched my fights from day one,” Jones said. “I’d like to even thank those who don’t support me because it gives me motivation. But most of all, I would like to thank God.”