Home Boxing News Natasha Jones dominates Kandi Wyatt to become two-weight world champ

Natasha Jones dominates Kandi Wyatt to become two-weight world champ

Natasha Jones. Photo credit: Boxxer/Lawrence Lustig

Natasha Jonas 14-2-1 (9) became a two-weight world champion when she claimed the vacant IBF welterweight title against Kandi ‘Krush’ Wyatt 11-5 (3) at the AO Arena in Manchester, England on Saturday night.

The 39-year-old southpaw from Liverpool unified the WBC and WBO junior middleweight titles with IBF champion Marie Eve Dicaire 18-2 (1) by unanimous decision at the same venue last November.

Jonas jumped on the Canadian at the opening bell, sending the 32-year-old into the ropes with a hard blow to the head and effectively stayed in control from there, pressuring the visitor and swarming her with her high punch output.

Wyatt worked hard to change the momentum of the fight, having some success to the body in the middle rounds, but couldn’t match the pace and accuracy of Jonas.

Wyatt, who had lost three of her last four outings coming in to the bout, was in trouble in the sixth and seventh rounds with Jonas seemingly unable to miss with the straight left hand. When Jonas slammed home another power shot early in the eighth, referee Marcus McDonnell wisely halted the contest.

Before the bout there was talk in some quarters that Jonas should consider retirement as she closes in on the age of 40, but there is still plenty more she wants to achieve before hanging up the gloves.

“It’s been such a journey and they (the fans) have been with me every step of the way,” said Jonas.

“I know next is a holiday, I’ll go away for a whole month and enjoy my daughter and family.

“I don’t really care (who next), there are fights the fans want to see, there are fights Sky want to put on and there is stuff I want to do before I leave this game.”

Jonas, who trains out of Joe Gallagher’s Champs Camp gym in Manchester and has made the city her second home, thanked the fans for their overwhelming support.

“I can’t sum that up. Thank you to everyone who spent their hard-earned money to be here,” she said.

Jones had her first world title fight during the UK’s COVID-19 lockdown when she challenged WBC super featherweight champion Terri Harper 14-1-1 (6) in promoter Eddie Hearn’s Essex garden in August 2020, going oh-so-close to victory as she had to settle for a split draw.

She jumped up to lightweight to challenge undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor 22-1 (6) in May 2021 at Manchester Arena, again going close to victory as she lost a razor-thin points decision by scores of 95-96, 94-96 and 95-96.

Jonas is adamant she deserved the nod over Harper in their bout three years and now that the 26-year-old from Yorkshire hold the WBA title at 154-pounds, a four-belt unification bout in a rematch between the pair would be welcomed by the fans.