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Mike Jones' New Trainer, Salas, Expecting Big Things

Las Vegas, NV—Former world-title challenger Mike Jones wrapped up his preparations yesterday at the Top Rank Gym here for Saturday’s 10-round comeback fight against Jaime Herrera, of Franklin Park, IL, at Bally’s Atlantic City.

It has been more than two years since Jones last fought.  He was stopped in the 11th round of his IBF world welterweight title fight with Randall Bailey, of Miami, FL, at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.  That was June 9, 2012.

Since then, Jones, 31, moved from Philadelphia, PA, to Las Vegas, was idle for two years while working out daily in Las Vegas gyms, and now is trained by Ismael Salas and Miguel Diaz.      

“Boxing is a mental game just as much as a physical one,” said Salas.  “When we first worked with Mike for this fight, we talked for a long time and worked on renewing his fighting spirit.  He is a great fighter and he needs to think that when he walks into the ring he will be a powerful force. 

“Mike is very strong and hits hard.  He is in top condition; just look at him.  After two years off, you will see what hard work and mental toughness did for Mike.  He’s ready to fight.”   

 Salas has worked with 10 world champions, the most recent being Jessie Vargas, of Las Vegas, the current WBA junior welterweight champion.

Jones, who has won 26 of 27 pro fights, 19 by knockout, makes his fourth appearance at Bally’s, where he has defeated Lenin Arroyo, Raul Pinzon and Henry Bruseles.

Herrera, 25, is 11-2-1, 6 K0s.  He comes into Saturday’s fight off the biggest win of his career, a fifth-round knockout over previously unbeaten Michael Finney, of Pahrump, NV, last March 29 in Las Vegas.  Herrera’s management has been asking for this fight ever since word got out in May that Jones was fighting again.
     The scheduled eight-round middleweight semifinal features Thomas LaManna, of Millville, NJ, against Jamaal Davis, of Philadelphia, in a prospect- vs.-veteran crossroads match.  LaManna is 14-0, 7 K0s; Davis 14-11-1, 6 K0s.
     Ismael Garcia, of Vineland, NJ, and Gilbert Alex Sanchez, of Camden, NJ, collide over six rounds to determine the best junior middleweight prospect in South Jersey.  Garcia is 6-0, 3 K0s; Sanchez 4-4-1, 2 K0s.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TheGoodBoy on 08-21-2014

[QUOTE=Hougigo;14872627][/QUOTE] I would so die to punch his fookin teeth in, or any fooker with grills in their mouth for that matter.

Comment by Bushbaby on 08-21-2014

I don't think he's fighting at 147. He was extremely big 2 years ago and I doubt 2 years later after not making the weight, he'll be able to.

Comment by BrushMyHair. on 08-21-2014

Who Mike Jones, Who Mike Jones, Who Mike Jones.

Comment by lutenco on 08-21-2014

Finally,i'm happy! MAZINGA has so much potential,it sucked that two careless moments cost him a world title he was winning easy. This guy in shape mentally and phisically can beat all welterweights around!

Comment by dan_cov on 08-20-2014

I got it just after I posted. Salas should do him the world of good if hes still serious not that I think he is a major talent or anything personally but its a good addition to an ever growing…

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