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Mike Jones to face Tackie now!

Former world-title challenger Ben Tackie will replace Larry Mosley in a 10-round fight against unbeaten Mike Jones on Saturday evening, Aug. 8, at Bally’s Atlantic City. At stake in the scheduled 10-round contest will be Jones’ world ranking and his NABA title. The ill-fated Jones-Mosley fight, previously canceled from the original dates of March 6 in Philadelphia and June 6 at Bally’s, imploded for the third and last time this weekend when poison from a growth on Mosley’s face got into the fighter’s bloodstream, necessitating surgery. “I’m out of the Jones-Mosley business,” said Hall-of-Fame promoter J Russell Peltz, of Philadelphia, PA. “Mosley hurt his back in March; Jones strained a bicep in June. Some fights are not mean to be and this was one of them.”

Tackie, 36, of Accra, Ghana, figures to provide Jones with his toughest fight. He has never been stopped in 41 fights and he has been in there with the best, including Ricky Hatton, Kostya Tszyu, Sharmba Mitchell, Juan Lazcano and Kendall Holt. His 29-11-1 record includes 17 knockouts and wins over Edwin Santana, Hicklet Lau, Fred Pendleton, Golden Johnson, Ray Oliveira, Teddy Reid and Wilfredo Negron. Now living in the Bronx, New York, Tackie held several minor belts but lost on points after 12 rounds to Tszyu in 2002 in Las Vegas for the unified junior welterweight title.

Jones, 26, is one of boxing’s hottest prospects. His 17-0 record includes 15 knockouts and he won the vac ant NABA title Aug. 29, 2008, when he K0d 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 K0d 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 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. 12 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF), No. 13 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO), No. 26 by the World Boxing Council (WBC).

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.




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