PHILLY BOXING HISTORY                                                  August 08, 2009 - News & Notes


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Mike Jones entered the Grand Ballroom ring of Bally's Atlantic City on Saturday night to the sounds of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" and as soon as the bell rang to start his 10-round main event with Lenin Arroyo, he did exactly that, with the "it" being Arroyo's head. Jones emptied his entire arsenal on the late substitute who showed why he has never been stopped in his 20-9-1 / 4 KO career. Even the heavy-handed Jones, now 18-0 / 15 KO, couldn't do the trick. Oh, but did he try. There were many times throughout the fight when it appeared Jones would shorten the night, but somehow, Arroyo stayed on his feet. The Miami-based Costa Rican even landed his own 'power' shots on MJ, but they were like mosquito bites. Before long, Jones even stopped trying to swat them away. In the end, Jones pitched a near shutout, winning by scores of 99-91 twice and 98-92. I thought Jones won all ten rounds.

It was a workman-like performance for Jones, who certainly needed the long night's work after a couple of cancellations and an arm injury made the first half of 2009 the most inactive stretch of his four-year career. The crowd was there to see Jones score another of his spectacular knockouts, but it was not meant to be. They perhaps left a little disappointed - there's nothing that deflates a fan more than watching a puncher go the full distance. But Jones mixed in enough fireworks to make it an entertaining show. The crowd even "oohed" and "aahed" when Jones landed his heavy shots, just like they were looking skyward on the 4th of July.

Hopefully Jones escaped without any injury to his troubled fists. If so, he may next fight in September at the Spectrum's farewell boxing show.

Other results from Bally's Atlantic City:

Jerson Revelo won an 8-round unanimous decision over Willis Lockett in a dull super middleweight bout.

Ronald Cruz stopped Julias Edmonds after the third round of a scheduled 6-round jr. welterweight fight, due to Edmonds' cut and injured ear.

Jamaal Davis took the 6-round unanimous decision in his jr. middleweight scrap with Manuel Guzman.

Josh Mercado of Cape May, NJ made his rowdy cheering section happy by scoring a 4-round unanimous decision over Philly's Terrell Boggs. It was Mercado's pro debut.

In the show opener, Ryan Carson also made a successful debut with his exciting second round TKO of Osnel Charles in a scheduled 4-round brawl. Both jr. lightweights landed freely to get the evening off to a rousing start.

Lightweight Frank Trader won a 6-round unanimous decision over Francisco Palacios to close the show.

The card was promoted by Peltz Boxing in association with Bally's Atlantic City, and tickets were priced at $75 & $50.

The poster art featured Jones' original opponent Larry Mosley.




John DiSanto - Atlantic City, NJ - August 08, 2009