Unbeaten welterweight Mike Jones, of North Philadelphia, and veteran Larry Mosley, of Los Angeles, CA, hope the third time is a charm when they square off 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. 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, a Brazilian living in Boca Raton, FL, 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 ESPN2 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. 10 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF), No. 13 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO), No. 26 by the World Boxing Council (WBC).
Mosley, 29, is the most experienced and most accomplished boxer Jones has met. After a successful amateur career which included 183 wins in 200 amateur fights, Mosley turned pro in 2000 and has compiled a 15-3-2 record with 6 KOs against solid opposition. Most ringsiders thought Mosley was “robbed” when he was held to a 12 round draw by Miguel Figueroa, of Camden, NJ, on March 3, 2006, at the New Alhambra in South Philadelphia. The same thing happened in Mosley’s next fight when he again appeared to be unlucky to get only a 12 round draw with world rated Golden Johnson in the latter’s Dallas, TX, backyard.
This will be Mosley’s second trip to Atlantic City, NJ. He knocked out Colombian Alexis Divison (then 16-1, 12 KOs) in four rounds Aug. 4, 2005. In his last fight on Oct. 24 in Carbazon, CA, Mosley lost a 10 round decision to Mexican prospect Saul Alvarez (currently 27-0-1, 20 KOs).
Six preliminary fights complete the show.
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.