Natasha Jonas Wants Fights with Hannah Rankin or Jessica McCaskill
Newly crowned WBO Junior middleweight champion Natasha Jonas (11-2-1, 7 KOs) has had a hard road towards the top of the mountain. After finally fulfilling the dream of being a champion, she is ready for a unification or undisputed welterweight champion Jessica “Caskilla” McCaskill (11-2-1, 4 KOs).
Jonas, in the eyes of many inside the boxing community, should have already been a champion. She lost a controversial split decision to then WBC junior lightweight champion Terri Harper in 2020. Instead of being granted a rematch with the WBC champion, she was thrown in with undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor and, despite giving another spirited effort, came up short in 2021.
On February 19, Jonas proved the third time to be a charm after going up virtually two weight divisions and blasting former champion Chris Namus for the vacant WBO title in two rounds. It was a lifelong dream come true for the 37-year-old 2012 Olympian.
Jonas is not looking to take the foot off the gas and wants to get right back into another big fight. This is the time to strike, while the iron is hot. Looking at the division, she has plenty of options.
UNDISPUTED OR UNIFICATION FIGHT NEXT
During an interview on the Come Box with CHANN podcast, the WBO champion mentioned wanting to fight CasKilla but did not receive any response.
“Jessica McCaskill, I don’t really know what she’s doing or who she’s waiting for. But there must be something in line because we have asked and we didn’t get a response. I haven’t been quiet about saying McCaskill either. I’ve said I’d fight McCaskill.”
The champion ended by saying that if she stays at junior middleweight, an ideal fight would be a unification with WBA champion Hannah Rankin.
“If I stay at 154, the most obvious choice is the Hannah Rankin fight as we both from the U.K and it’s easier to make […] yeah I think that probably is going to be the route I take.”
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By: Garrisson Bland