Unbeaten world-ranked welterweight Mike Jones, of North Philadelphia, suffered a strained muscle in his left bicep over the weekend, forcing cancellation of his North American Boxing Association (NABA) title defense against Larry Mosley, of Los Angeles, CA, which was set for Saturday evening, June 6, at Bally’s Atlantic City. The original co-feature, which pairs undefeated super bantamweight Teon Kennedy, of North Philadelphia, against Lucian Gonzalez, of Reading, PA, will be elevated to the main event.
First of seven fights will begin at 7.30 p.m.
Jones, 26, was informed Tuesday by his doctor that any continued strenuous use of his left arm could result in a torn muscle. He has been advised to resist any kind of hard training for five to six weeks.
Kennedy, 22, the 2004 National Golden Gloves champion, is 12-0, 5 K0s, and on the verge of a world ranking himself. He goes to Atlantic City off the toughest test of his career, an eight-round decision over Andre Wilson, of St. Joseph, MO. In that March 6 fight at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia, Kennedy sustained a cut left eye and the first knockdown of his career to earn a split decision.
Kennedy, ranked No. 12 by the United States Boxing Association (USBA) at 122 pounds, also has beaten Castulo Gonzalez, of Lowell, MA, and Thomas Snow, of Washington, DC.
Gonzalez, 26, is 9-5-1, 1 K0. He also has beaten Castulo Gonzalez as well as Robert DaLuz, of Jacksonville, FL, another Kennedy victim.
In his biggest win on Oct. 4, 2008, Gonzalez out-pointed previously unbeaten Irishman Paul Hyland (12-0) in Philadelphia, after accepting the match the morning of the fight.
Middleweights Patrick Majewski, of Somers Point, NJ, and Latif Mundy, of North Philadelphia, put their respective unbeaten records on the line when they face in each in an eight-round contest on the June 6 card.
Majewski, 29, is 10-0, 7 K0s; Mundy, 26, is 8-0-1, 3 K0s.
The June 6 card also marks the return of heavyweight Big John Poore, of Upper Darby, PA, who has not boxed since July 2 when he was K0d in one round by Brian Minto in Minto’s Butler, PA, backyard. Poore takes on Jermell Barnes, of Rochester, NY, in a scheduled six-round contest.
Poore, 38, is 20-3, 18 K0s; Barnes, 34, is 18-20-2, 4 K0s.
Four preliminary fights complete the show.
Tickets are priced at $45 and $65. They are on sale at the offices of Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc. (215-765-0922) or online at www.peltzboxing.com. Tickets also can be purchased through TicketMaster (800-745-3000) or online at www.ticketmaster.com.