world-title challenger Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, ends his 26-month
layoff Saturday evening, Aug. 23, when he boxes Jaime Herrera, of Franklin
Park, IL, in the scheduled 10-round welterweight main event in the Grand
Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City.
Jones-Herrera contest tops a seven-fight card which will be streamed live by
First fight is 7.30 p.m.
(left), 31, has not boxed since June 9, 2012, when he was stopped late in the
round by Randall Bailey, of Miami, FL, in their contest for the
vacant IBF welterweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Casino in Las Vegas, NV. At
the time of the knockout, Jones was far ahead on all three scorecards.
that loss, Jones has relocated to Henderson, NV, and has been training in
various gyms in Las Vegas, working with different trainers: Floyd Mayweather,
Sr., Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Miguel Diaz.
since 2005, Jones has a 26-1 record with 19 knockouts. He has beaten
Sebastian Lujan, Jesus Soto-Karass (twice), Henry Bruseles, Irving Garcia and
years late for work but it’s better late than never,” Jones said. “I’m excited
to be back in action Bally’s in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on August 23.
I can’t wait to show the fans something special.
always stayed in shape. I’ve been ready to fight for some time, but I didn’t
like the terms. I cannot wait forever If
I can get one solid win under my belt, I’ll be back in the mix and ready for
the best at 147 pounds.”
(right), 25, comes into this off the biggest win of his career, a 5
round knockout over previously unbeaten Michael Finney, of Pahrump, NV, on
March 29 at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas.
since 2009, Herrera is 11-2-1, 6 K0s. He has a straight-ahead aggressive style
and it should mesh well with Jones’ boxer-puncher attack.
is a terrific opportunity for me,” Herrera said. “It’s a big step up but I’m
excited to test myself at the next level. Mike Jones is one of the best
in the world at 147 pounds and I need to prove to myself and to others out
there that I can compete at that level.
been asking for this fight ever since we heard Mike was fighting again and now
it’s here. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
has won four in a row since losing a close, but unanimous eight-round decision
to Adrian Granados, of Cicero, IL, early in 2012 in Chicago, IL.
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