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Mike Jones wants an invitation!

Artist: Jim Meehan, Newtown Square, PA
Artist: Jim Meehan, Newtown Square, PA

By Flattop

“Mike Jones is being frozen out by the networks,” said promoter Russell Peltz of his undefeated welterweight prospect. “Jones is 17 and 0 with 15 knockouts. He ranked #10 by the IBF and the WBA, plus he is #11 by the WBO.” A pro since 2005, Jones broke into the world ratings in 2008 by scoring knockouts over veterans Juliano Ramos and Luciano Perez, plus decisions over experienced opponents Germaine Sanders and Gilbert Venegas. It was the sixth-round knockout by Jones over Ramos in August 2008 that earned him the vacant NABA 147-pound title. “Why can’t he get on ESPN2 or ShoBox or HBO’s Boxing After Dark?” asked Peltz. Answering his own question, Peltz replied: “Because there is a ‘closed-shop mentality’ at the TV networks. Everybody knows what is going on. Why do fighters like James De La Rosa and Luis Carlos Abregu, both of whom flat out rejected Jones, get dates while Jones gets shunned? The networks are throwing a birthday party and giving gifts to particular promoters and fighters but not to Mike Jones. And only particular promoters and their fighters are invited to party. Jones will fight De La Rosa, Abregu, (Andre) Berto, (Luis) Collazo, (Delvin) Rodriguez, or (Luis) Abregu but they will not fight Mike Jones! Where is the invitation to the birthday party for Mike Jones?”
Jones is scheduled to defend his NABA title against Larry Mosley at Bally’s in Atlantic City on June 6th but Peltz would like to match his fighter against top-ten contender or a champion. “Mosley is a hard-nosed veteran. He went twelve rounds with Saul Alvarez in his last fight (Oct 2008). Alvarez is now the #3 contender in the WBC and the #8 contender in the WBA. We would prefer to fight Alvarez but he is not available.”

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