By Lem Satterfield
LAS VEGAS -- On November 13, 27-year-old welterweight prospect Mike Jones of Philadelphia still was unbeaten following a Nov. 13, HBO pay per view televised unanimous decision over Jesus Soto-Karass that was contested at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium.
But Jones (23-0, 18 knockouts) was far from pleased with his effort. For after nearly stopping Soto-Karass (24-5-3, 16 KOs) in the second round by unleashing a volley of around 50 punches, Jones was physically gassed, and his legs felt like a pair of anvils being lugged around the ring, more or less making him a stationary target.
On Saturday night, Jones will get a chance at redemption at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, where he will rematch Soto-Karass on the undercard of a clash between WBA bantamweights Nonito Donaire (25-1, 17 KOs) and Fernando Montiel (44-2-2, 34 KOs).
"What we've been working on this entire camp is out-boxing this guy. Giving him a him a lot of good movement ring generalship. You know, sticking to the jab and sticking to the game plan. I want to deposit some shots down to the body each and every round, and basically out-boxing the guy for 12 rounds. As you saw in the first fight, you saw that he's a tough customer. He wouldn't go down, so, I'm actually better prepared for this fight than I was for the last one," Jones said.
"My legs felt like they were weak [in the first fight]. It was as if you had run 10 miles inside of a sauna running. My legs felt dead. I couldn't hardly even move them. I was trying to get some momentum going by bouncing off of the ropes and coming back with some punches. He saw me at my worst for eight rounds. But he couldn't stop me then, and, there's nothing he's going to be able to do to stop me now."
Lem Satterfield is the boxing editor at AOL FanHouse and the news editor at BoxingScene.com. To read more from Lem Satterfield, go to AOL FanHouse by Clicking Here.