Jones Eyes Berto vs Ortiz Winner After Bailey, Then 154

By Ryan Burton
Mike Jones recently defeated Sebastian Lujan in an IBF welterweight eliminator for the right to face Randall Bailey for the vacant strap.  Jones has been clamoring for a showdown with former WBC/IBF welterweight champion Andre Berto for quite some time.  On a recent edition of The Boxing Lab,'s official audio show, I asked him if the Berto fight is still a fight that he wants after he faces Bailey.
"Berto is a welterweight star. I want him or Victor Ortiz after (the Bailey fight). I want the winner of that fight," responded Jones.
Jones, who is co-promoted by Russell Peltz and Top Rank, continued by saying that he isn't overlooking Randall Bailey.  "First things first though.  I gotta get this title first and get Bailey out of the way."
During Saturday night's show the HBO broadcast team of Jim Lampley, Emanuel Steward and Max Kellerman suggested that junior middleweight would probably be the tall and lanky Philly fighter's optimum weight class.  Jones agreed with their assessment but said that he wants to get a title at 147 pounds before he moves up in weight.
"154 will be my best weight," stated Jones emphatically. "I fought at 152 (pounds) in the amateurs so it will be better for me but first things first. I need to get a title at welterweight first," Jones concluded.
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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BoxingGenius27 on 12-09-2011

All the action is at 154 right now; if I were him, I would be there too.

Comment by orlandoernandez on 12-09-2011

I still cant figure out if i think Mike jones is good.

Comment by AzteK Warrior on 12-09-2011

Ortiz needs to be KTFO! Traitor!!

Comment by Hitman Hodgson on 12-09-2011

I thought Brook was next in line for the Berto-Ortiz? I still want to see Brook and Jones fight. I'd give the edge to Brook, but both are relativly untested at this stage.

Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 12-09-2011

[QUOTE=SekondzOut;11537868]MJ said all the things I wanted to hear...lets get it :boxing:[/QUOTE] Yea I love his way of thinking,but tbh I was not impressed with his last fight..He better clean it up when he get's to that next level,can't have…

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