Veteran Lenin Arroyo has stepped in to replace Ben Tackie against unbeaten Mike Jones on Saturday evening, Aug. 8, at Bally’s Atlantic City. At stake in the scheduled 10-round contest will be Jones’ world ranking and his North American Boxing Association (NABA) title. Medical issues KOd the 36-year-old Tackie , himself a late replacement for Jones’ original foe, Larry Mosley, who backed out last weekend after poison from a growth on his face got into the fighter’s bloodstream, necessitating surgery. “It’s been a frustrating year for Mike,” said Hall-of-Fame promoter J Russell Peltz. “Mosley canceled out on him in March with a back injury and Mike had to cancel out on Mosley in June with his own medical issues. In this case, the third time was not the charm.
“He was looking forward to fighting Mosley, then Tackie, but it wasn’t meant to be. Mike has only boxed five rounds in the last 11 months. He needs to fight anyone who will get into the ring with him. Contenders are not exactly lining up.”
Arroyo, 29, is originally from Costa Rica. Like Tackie, he has never been stopped, compiling a (20-9-1, 4 KOs). He got off the floor in 2006 and lost by decision to ex-WBO world junior welterweight champion Randall Bailey, one of the hardest punchers around.
A pro since 2002, Arroyo has beaten Angel Chacon, Ener Julio, Antonio Ramirez and Juan Carlos Rodriguez, all “fringe” contenders.
Jones, 26, is one of boxing’s hottest prospects. His 17-0 record includes 15 knockouts and he won the vacant NABA title Aug. 29, 2008, when he KOd Juliano Ramos in six rounds at the New Alhambra in South Philadelphia.
In his first defense last March 6, Jones was set to fight Mosley, who had to cancel out five days earlier with a back injury. Instead, Jones KOd late sub Dairo Esalas, of Miami, FL, in two rounds at the Blue Horizon in North Philadelphia.
Two weeks prior to the re-scheduled fight with Mosley on June 6 at Bally’s, Jones strained the bicep on his left arm and had to cancel.
A pro since 2005, Jones has beaten Doel Carrasquillo, of Lancaster, PA; Israel “Pito” Cardona, of Hartford, CT; Gilbert Venegas, of Moline, IL.
Jones’ two hardest fights came last year against a pair of Chicago, IL, fighters.
In his only ESPN 2 appearance on March 28, 2008, Jones rallied in the last two rounds to earn an eight-round decision over Germaine Sanders at the Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca, NY. Then, last Dec. 5 at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA in a fight televised by Telefutura/Univision, Jones shook off some early bombs and knocked out Luciano Perez in three rounds.
Jones is ranked No. 10 by the World Boxing Association (WBA), No. 12 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF), No. 13 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO), No. 26 by the World Boxing Council (WBC).
Five preliminary fights complete the show.
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