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Jones, Garcia collide Friday

The weigh-in for the July 9 Mike Jones-Irving Garcia fight will take place at 5pm Thursday, July 8, at the Atrium (6th floor) in Bally’s Hotel & Casino and it is open to the public. Jones will defend his NABA and NABO welterweight titles in a scheduled 12-round bout against Garcia on a show dubbed “The Fireworks Continue” in the ballroom of Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall.

“I’ve had a tremendous camp and I’m in great shape–I’m ready,” said Jones. The 27-year-old Philadelphian is 21-0, 17 KOs, and ranked as high as the #2 in the world by the WBO behind champion Manny Pacquiao. “As each fight goes by, I get in better and better shape,” Jones said. “I take nobody for granted. When it’s time to shine, I’m gonna shine.”

Garcia: “I’ve worked very hard to come into this fight in my best physical condition. This is a difficult fight but not an impossible one to win.” The 31-year-old Garcia is 17-4-3, 8 K0s.

Also weighing-in will be welterweights Antwone Smith, of Miami, FL, and Lanardo Tyner, of Houston, TX, the co-featured attraction, as well as the fighters in the eight undercard fights.

On fight night, July 9, the first of 10 bouts begins at 8.30 pm. The show is being promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., and DiBella Entertainment in association with Caesars Atlantic City.

Showtime will televise the two main fights as part of its popular ShoBox series, The New Generation, starting at 11pm.

Tickets priced at $50, $75 and $100 are on sale at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, Peltz Boxing Promotions (215-765-0922) and all Ticketmaster outlets (800-736-1420). They also can be purchased at Boardwalk Hall and online at

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