Boxing : Row adds spice to Jones fight

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The Independent Online
The failure of Paul "Silky" Jones to appear yesterday at a news conference to promote his British light-middleweight title fight against Ryan Rhodes set the opposing camps rowing and should add spice to the fight in Sheffield on Saturday night.

Jones, 30, has not fought since surprisingly taking the World Boxing Organisation light-middleweight title from the American Verno Phillips in November 1995. He was stripped of the title only weeks later after purse disputes over a mandatory defence against Bronco McKart.

Rhodes, at 20 the youngest challenger for a British title, beat former welterweight challenger, Del Bryan, in September.