Unbeaten Mike Jones, of North Philadelphia, faces what could be the toughest test of his four-year career when he defends his NABA welterweight title against Richard Gutierrez, of Miami, FL, in the scheduled 10-round main event Saturday evening, Nov. 7, at Bally’s Atlantic City.
The 26-year-old Jones returns to the same ring where he earned a 10-round decision Aug. 8 over Lenin Arroyo, also of Miami, FL.
A pro since December, 2005, Jones is 18-0, 15 K0s. He is ranked No. 7 by the World Boxing Association (WBA), No. 12 by the International Boxing Federation, No. 14 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO), No. 25 by the World Boxing Council.
Jones won the vacant NABA title Aug. 29, 2008, scoring a sixth-round knockout over Juliano Ramos, of Boca Raton, FL, at the New Alhambra in South Philadelphia. He twice defended the belt, stopping Dairo Esalas, of Miami, in two rounds March 6 at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia and defeating Arroyo last month.
Gutierrez, 31, is originally from Arjona, Colombia. He has fought some of the best en route to a 24-3-1 record with 14 knockouts. He lost to ex-world (IBF) champ Joshua Clottey by majority decision and to hot prospect Antwone Smith. He has been stopped once, by world-rated junior middleweight Alfredo Angulo after five torrid rounds. His victims include Hicklet Lau, Teddy Reid and Jose Varela.
The only foe common to both men is Luciano Perez, who lost a decision to Gutierrez midway through 2007 and was K0d in three rounds by Jones 18 months later.
The scheduled eight-round semifinal features a pair of Philadelphia junior middleweights: Gabriel Rosado (12-4, 7 K0s) vs. Latif Mundy (8-1-1, 3 K0s).
Five preliminary fights complete the show.
“Bally’s is proud to present this action-packed night in the Grand Ballroom on Saturday, November 7,” said Joseph Domenico, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Bally’s Atlantic City. “Championship boxing has always been, and continues to be, an important entertainment option at our property. With the quality of fighters and intriguing bouts on the card, this exciting event is shaping up to be another memorable night of boxing at Bally’s.”
Tickets are priced at $50 and $75. 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.