Unbeaten welterweight prospect Mike Jones, of North Philadelphia, gets his stiffest test as a pro when he makes the first defense of his North American Boxing Association (NABA) title against Larry Mosley, of Los Angeles, CA, in the scheduled 10-round main event Friday evening, March 6, at the Legendary Blue Horizon, 1314 North Broad Street.
Jones, 25, broke into the world ratings in 2008 by scoring knockouts over Juliano Ramos and Luciano Perez, and decisions over Germaine Sanders and Gilbert Venegas. While Ramos is from Boca Raton, FL, Perez, Sanders and Venegas all are from Chicago, which gives Jones and the City of Brotherly Love a decided advantage over the Windy City.
A pro since 2005, Jones is rated No. 12 in the world by the World Boxing Association (WBA), No. 13 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF), No. 27 by the World Boxing Council (WBC). His 16-0 record includes 14 knockouts.
Jones’ sixth-round knockout last Aug. 29 over Ramos earned him the vacant NABA 147-pound title.
Mosley, 29, makes his second start in Philadelphia in three years. Most ringside observers felt he was unlucky to be held to a 12-round draw here by Miguel Figueroa on March 3, 2006.
A pro since 2000, Mosley is 15-3-2, 6 K0s. He followed the Figueroa fight by boxing another 12-round draw, this time with world-rated Golden Johnson in Houston, TX, Johnson’s backyard.
In his last fight Oct. 24 in Carbazon, CA, Mosley lost a unanimous 10-round decision in a solid fight to 18-year-old Mexican prospect Saul Alvarez, who is 24-0-1, 17 K0s. Scores were 96-94, 97-93, 99-91.
This will be Mosley’s second trip to the East Coast. He K0d Alexis Divison, of Miami, FL, on Aug. 4, 2005, at the Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. At the time, Divison was 16-1, 12 K0s.
The March 6 card represents a return to the Blue Horizon after eight years for Hall-of-Fame promoter J Russell Peltz, who began his career there as a 22-year-old in 1969. He is promoting this card, the first of six within a 12-month period at the Blue Horizon, with Joe Hand Promotions, Inc.
Tickets for the March 6 card are priced at $45 and $60. They are on sale at the offices of Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc. (215-765-0922) and at the offices of Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. (215-364-9000). They also can be purchased online at www.peltzboxing.com.