Unbeaten Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, makes the fourth defense of his NABA welterweight title when he faces Henry Bruseles, of Gurabo, Puerto Rico, in the scheduled 10-round main event on February 27 at Bally’s Atlantic City. The Jones-Bruseles fight will be part of a two-hour portion of the show which will be televised live by Fox Sports Espanol, Fox Sports Net (FSN) and its regional sports network affiliates, beginning at 10 p.m. This card, part of the Top Rank Live series on Fox Sports Espanol on Saturdays, three times a month.
Jones, 26, is considered one of the hottest prospects in boxing. His 19-0 record includes 16 knockouts and he is rated highly—#8 by the WBA, #11 by the IBF, #16 by the #WBC. He won the vacant NABA title when he K0d Juliano Ramos, a Brazilian living in Boca Raton, FL, on Aug. 29, 2008, at the New Alhambra in Philadelphia.
Though injuries to himself and to several opponents made 2009 a hard year for Jones, he still managed to defend his title three times, knocking out Dairo Esalas at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia, outpointing Lenin Arroyo at Bally’s and knocking out Raul Pinzon at Bally’s. Other victims include Germaine Sanders, Gilbert Venegas and Luciano Perez.
Though Jones appears to have found a home at Bally’s—this will be his third straight fight there—he also has boxed in Las Vegas, NV, Spokane, WA, Niagara Falls, NY, Allegany, NY, and Reading, PA.
Bruseles, 28, represents Jones’ toughest opposition so far. A pro since 1999, Bruseles has a 28-3-1 record, 15 K0s. He has won his last seven fights and he has wins over Wilfredo Negron, Ener Julio, Arturo Urena, Cesar Bazan, Robert Frankel, Ben Tackie and Mario Ramos. Bruseles has not lost since Jan. 22, 2005, when Floyd Mayweather, Jr., stopped him in eight rounds in Miami, FL. That was the only time Bruseles has been stopped.
Tickets for the seven-bout card, promoted by Top Rank, Inc. in association with Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., are priced at $75 and $50. They are on sale at the offices of Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922), all Ticketmaster outlets (1-800-745-3000), or online at www.Ticketmaster.com and www.peltzboxing.com.