Natasha Jonas | Recovering From First Defeat, Return to the Ring & More
. MORSON SPORT | 4 MIN READ
Boxer Natasha Jonas looks to bounce back from August 2018 defeat
Fights on the undercard of fellow Gallagher's Gym fighter Liam Smith in Liverpool on March 30th.
Things didn’t go to plan for Team Morson’s Tasha Jonas in her last entry into the 'squared circle' when she experienced defeat for the first time against Viviane Obenauf. Having a perfect 6-0 record prior to the fight last August, the 34-year-old had to adjust to a feeling she had yet to encounter as a professional:
“I think it was the manner of the loss that hurt the most. That’s never happened in my amateur or professional career. It’s nothing that I can’t fix. It was a great shot but me and my coach have gone back and looked at it and we know we can do better”
It's very rare to leave a combat sport such as boxing without a loss on your record, with just one shot or lapse in concentration able to swing the momentum of a fight. Fighters such as Canelo Alvarez and Vasyl Lomachenko (who are regarded as modern greats) went on dominating runs after being beaten earlier in their careers. With World title aspirations still ahead of her, Jonas will look to follow those that have bounced back emphatically from defeat:
“I think you do learn a lot from a loss. You slide into the mind-set that things are going right when you win but there are still improvements that you can make when you lose. The weaknesses become more apparent and you have to go and work on them whereas when you win it doesn’t necessarily make you feel that way. Some of my greatest achievements have come from my biggest failures”
The former Olympian will be looking to return to winning ways when she steps back into the ring this weekend on the undercard of her gym partner Liam Smith at the formerly Echo Arena, now the M&S Bank Arena:
“Someone said you’re boxing in the M&S and I had to google where it was! But yeah, I’ve had some of my best moments in Boxing here at what is now the M&S Arena. Liverpool’s one of those cities that supports our own so everyone comes out in force”
Jonas feels that the much-needed break she has had has revitalised her heading into a new year:
“I’ve had a long time away and Joe advised me to take some time out rest and enjoy life outside of boxing and come back. I think that’s why he does it, you’re all fired up and ready to go. The training sessions are hard but when you get to the end of them you realise the hunger’s still there”
Coach, Joe Gallagher also gave an insight into what message he has conveyed to Tasha during this camp:
"I want Tasha to enjoy herself and enjoy the camp like it's her debut again. I think when Natasha's relaxed and has a smile on her face, she performs better. She knows if she's doing anything wrong I'll be first to tell her but she's her own critic. I want her to go in there and not put any pressure on herself because when that happens she's a world class fighter"
The team at Gallagher’s Gym have an exciting 2018 ahead with Tasha and Liam preparing for their respective fights and huge fights coming up for the likes of Anthony Crolla and Callum Smith make for an unmatched atmosphere in the Bolton-based gym:
“Everybody in the gym has got some great fights ahead. It’s easy to train when everyone’s got something to aim for. Everyone pushing you that bit harder when you’re on the circuit or when you’re on the bag. When you have days when someone feels like they can’t make it, another says no we’re doing it you get that second wind and it’s great to feel like that.”
We will be following Tasha in the build-up to March 30th and wish her all the best in her training camp.