By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
World-rated Mike “MJ” Jones, of Philadelphia, PA continues to impress, stopping Colombian brawler Raul “El Tendero” Pinzon at 1:40 of the fifth round in a scheduled 10 round welterweight bout last night at Bally’s Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ. Jones systematically broke down the strong, wild-swinging Pinzon, before finishing him with a brutal left hook to the body. In the co-feature, “King” Gabriel Rosado successfully bounced back from his loss to Alfredo Angulo with an exciting seventh round stoppage of fellow Philadelphian Latif Mundy in an eight round junior middleweight bout. Peltz Boxing promoted the 7-bout card.
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The difference in speed was evident from the start, as Jones countered the slower, but hard punching Pinzon (16-4-1, 15 KOs) with overhand rights and two-punch combinations, including a hard left-right combination midway through the opening round.
Jones established the jab in round two, after ripping two hard rights to the body to open the round. But Pinzon came to fight, and he tested Jones’s chin with several hard right hands in round three. Jones was unfazed, as he continued his impressive assault.
There was a welt developing under Pinzon’s right eye from the Jones jab by the fourth round. About a minute in, Jones landed a classic left jab-right cross combination that spelled the beginning of the end for Pinzon. Raul appeared to take the shots well, but a hard right from Jones a minute later visibly shook him.
Jones continued to target Pinzon with his jab in round five, before connecting with a solid right hand that forced Pinzon to drop his hands and sink back into the ropes. An unmerciful finisher, Jones moved in with a left-right combination and a huge overhand right, followed by a left to the body that sent Pinzon down for the count.
Atlantic City’s famous boardwalk can use a new, steady headline attraction, and Mike Jones (19-0, 16 KOs), has applied for the job.
Rosado handles Mundy
Gabriel Rosado (13-4, 8 KOs) is the new “King” of North Philadelphia after stopping Latif Mundy (8-2-1, 3 KOs) with a host of unanswered punches at 1:53 of the seventh round of a scheduled eight round crossroads battle of come-backing junior middleweights.
Rosado was coming off a painful stoppage loss to Alfredo Angulo, while Mundy sought to rebound from a decision defeat to Patrick Majewski.
They sized each other up in the first minute of the opening round, patiently looking for openings. Near the end of the round, Rosado went to the body with both hands, while Mundy countered with a right hand-left hook combination to take the close opener.
Rosado moved forward with a barrage of punches to begin round two. Mundy stood up to the pressure, and went on to narrowly take the round with a precision jab. Round three was also close, but Rosado turned it up a little, landing several hard rights to close out the round.
The tide started to turn in the fourth, as Rosado continued to come on, while Mundy’s output started to dwindle. By the fifth round, Rosado assumed command of the fight when he began to move fluidly, which created more opportunities to punch. Halfway through the round, Rosado shook Mundy with a left hook-straight right combination.
Rosado appeared to steal round six with his jab. It was an even fight so far, but Mundy’s success came early, and Rosado was coming on late.
Early in round seven, Rosado landed a hard right hand that brought a smile from Mundy. He landed another right before hurting Mundy with left-right combination. Smelling blood, Rosado didn’t let Latif off the hook, and landed a number of unanswered power shots before referee Sammy Viruet made a timely stop at 1:53 of the round.
Stewart overtakes Leija
Mike “No Joke” Stewart (44-7-3, 23 KOs), of New Castle, DE continued his comeback with a hard fought six-round unanimous decision over veteran Louie Leija (21-13-1, 15 KOs), of San Antonio, TX.
Stewart came out strong, looking for an early knockout. He was working Leija over in a corner when an accidental clash of heads opened a gash in the corner of his right eye. Stewart won the round big, but the cut would bleed the rest of the way.
Leija knew his fight was on the inside, so he worked his way in and traded shots with Stewart. Leija took the round, as blood streamed down Stewart’s face.
Things got worse for Stewart in round three, when Leija scored a questionable knockdown with a left hook that appeared to be more of a push. Still, it turned an even round into a two-point round for Leija.
Stewart dug deep in the fourth, forcing Leija to spit his mouthpiece out to slow down a suddenly rejuvenated Stewart. Working his left hook to the head and body, Stewart had a big round.
In the fifth, Stewart rocked Leija with a big right, and pounded his body with left hooks. Stewart opened round six with a nice overhand right-left hook-left uppercut combination, and won the round going away.
Stewart showed his conditioning and heart to pull out the win by the score of 57-56 (three times).
Cruz defeats Hendrickson
Ronald Cruz (7-0, 4 KOs), of Bethlehem, PA took a unanimous decision over Ashantie Hendrickson (1-5-1), of Medford, NY in an entertaining six round welterweight bout.
Cruz showed heavy hands, and appeared to be in for an early night as he landed thudding shots in the opening round. But Hendrickson showed his resiliency by going toe-to-toe in winning the second round.
Cruz bounced back big in the third round, and the fourth, he turned southpaw where he found a home for his straight left and right hook as he battered Hendrickson around the ring.
Hendrickson came back and took the fifth round, but Cruz turned it up in the sixth and final round. Both fighters lost their mouthpiece during this round.
The final scores were 59-55, 59-56, and 58-56 in favor of Cruz in what was the walkout bout of the evening.
Mercado gets by Rodriguez
Josh Mercado (3-0, 1 KO), of Cape May, NJ took a majority decision over Epi Cosme Rodriguez (3-2, 3 KOs), of Lancaster, PA in a four round welterweight bout.
Mercado and Rodriguez split the first two rounds, with Rodriguez taking the opener and Mercado having a slight edge in round two.
Rodriguez won the first minute of round three, but Mercado scored with two nice right-left combinations, a for punch combo, and a big right followed by two more right-lefts to clearly take the round.
Round four was also close, with Rodriguez suffering a nosebleed. Mercado had more left to gain the edge in the round.
The scores were 40-36 (twice) and 38-38, giving Mercado the majority decision.
Benson hammers Sanchez
Phillip Jackson Benson (4-1, 4 KOs), of Brooklyn, NY halted Julio Sanchez (3-1, 2 KOs), of Pleasantville, NJ at 2:59 of the opening round of a scheduled four round super middleweight bout.
Benson nailed Sanchez with a left hook-right hand-left hook combo, sending him to the deck midway through the round. Sanchez was up at “eight”, but Benson set him up with jabs, and floored him again with a big right uppercut as the round ended.
Sanchez jumped up as referee Ricardo Vera finished his count, but it was a fraction of a second too late, and Vera waved it off as Sanchez protested mildly.
Kozlin batters Farah
In the opening but of the night, Keith Kozlin (4-0, 2 KOs), of Provincetown, RI stopped Khalil Farah (5-4-1, 1 KO), of Philadelphia, PA at 2:32 of the third round of a scheduled four round light heavyweight bout.
Kozlin dominated from the opening bell, landing his straight right hand repeatedly against the southpaw Khalil.
A big right hand drew blood from Farah’s nose to begin round two, and another big right sent Farah back where the ropes appeared to hold him up. Farah could have used the break, but referee Sammy Viruet didn’t rule a knockdown, and Kozlin continued his dominance.
Kozlin worked Farah over for most of the third round, before landing another big right hand that visible hurt Farah, causing him to wince in pain. It was just what referee Viruet was looking for, and he immediately called the bout off.