Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Mike Jones on Bailey: I Want To Look Fantastic Out There

By Keith Idec

Mike Jones respects Randall Bailey’s power, but the undefeated welterweight contender from Philadelphia still doesn’t think their fight tonight will be as difficult as some suspect.

“I know I’ve got to go out there and be relaxed, poised,” Jones said. “That’s how I fight my best, when I’m relaxed. If I’m fighting my best, the fight should be no problem.”

Jones (26-0, 19 KOs) and Miami’s Bailey (42-7, 36 KOs) will fight for the vacant IBF 147-pound title in one of three bouts broadcast by HBO Pay-Per-View before the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley main event at MGM Grand in Las Vegas ($54.95; 9 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. PDT).

“I’m looking to show people just another side of my boxing ability,” Jones said, “show them that I can really box and I can box at an elite level, win and not make it so hard on myself. I want to look fantastic out there, show people I’m one of the best in the world.”

Most observers didn’t walk away from Jones’ last fight feeling as though they had seen a star in the making. Jones comfortably beat Sebastian Lujan (39-6-2, 24 KOs) in a 12-round IBF elimination match on the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito undercard Dec. 3 at Madison Square Garden, but the fight lacked action and Jones appeared content to coast to an unremarkable decision win.

The 29-year-old Jones doesn’t believe he got enough credit for winning virtually every round against an awkward, rugged opponent who was on a 12-fight winning streak entering their bout.

“I thought I did well,” said Jones, who won by wide margins on all three scorecards (119-109, 119-109, 118-110). “The guy was real awkward. After the fight, I don’t think anybody gave him credit for the type of fighter he was. He was on a nice winning streak and he broke guys down. He had a real awkward style.

“It wasn’t pretty, but not a lot of people can handle that, because pressure busts pipes. He brought a lot of it and he was real awkward with it. I couldn’t really get a good, clean shot on him, but I thought I did well under the circumstances.”

Nevertheless, Jones wasn’t completely pleased with his performance, either.

“I’ve got the biggest finger and I’m always pointing at myself,” Jones said. “I just want to work on my craft each and every day and try to get better.

“I wish I would’ve just sat down on my shots a little bit better, and maybe I could’ve got him out of there. I should’ve thrown some real hard shots to the body.”

Jones knows Bailey will throw real hard shots toward him tonight, yet is certain he can frustrate one of the most dangerous punchers in the sport.

“I think I can exploit that he doesn’t bring too much energy into this fights,” Jones said. “He’s pretty settled down in his approach. He sits down on all his shots, tries to measure you. If you’re right in front of him, he can get you with a good shot. But I think with me being elusive and staying away from being squared in front of him, that’ll give him a lot of problems.”

He hopes that approach helps him become another in a long line of world champions from Philadelphia.

“For me to be a world champion from Philadelphia, with no big-time amateur experience, it would be very big,” said Jones, who began boxing at 15 and had about 70 amateur fights. “It means that I’m a symbol of hope for people out there who are trying to do what I did and come where I came from. That’s what I want to be.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Lorily on 06-09-2012

[quote=WESS;12222290]Didn't Bronner say it?[/quote] No, it was before Bronner really came on the scene. I think Berto might have tweeted it, when asked about fighting Jones.

Comment by IronDanHamza on 06-09-2012

[QUOTE=winky's right;12222311]i don't recall jones getting that much hype to be honest. he has fans here and there, but nothing in comparison to the hype attached to someone like bute[/QUOTE] Yeah, I meant today as opposed to recent years. He's…

Comment by winky's right on 06-09-2012

[QUOTE=IronDanHamza;12222300]Mike Jones one of the most overhyped fighters in recent years. There were people saying he could beat Pac :lol1:[/QUOTE] i don't recall jones getting that much hype to be honest. he has fans here and there, but nothing in…

Comment by IronDanHamza on 06-09-2012

Mike Jones one of the most overhyped fighters in recent years. There were people saying he could beat Pac :lol1:

Comment by El Chicano on 06-09-2012

That was a pretty damn funny attempt to get up... almost rivaled Zab's chicken dance.... I have a feeling Tim Bradley will outdo it in the main event.... he's got a lot of determination and when Manny sparks him, he'll…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (40)
Top Headlines Schaefer: I Sort of Left on Top, Boxers Are Happy To Have Me Back! Video: Mikey Garcia, Schaefer on Getting McGregor in The Ring Joseph Parker vs. Andy Ruiz - CompuBox Historical Review Molina Weighs 143.2 On Second Try; Gives Money to Crawford Video: Errol Spence on Status of Kell Brook Shot, Garica-Thurman Video: Naazim Richardson Reacts To Parting With Bernard Hopkins Photos: Krzysztof Wlodarczyk vs. Leon Harth - Official Weigh-In Photos: Terence Crawford vs. John Molina - Official Weigh-In Anthony Joshua Throws Weight Behind Members-Only London Gym Photos: Cuellar vs. Mares, Charlo vs. Williams - Official Weigh-In Erik Skoglund Gets TKO Victory: Sven Fornling, Mikaela Lauren Win Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. Found Murdered in Guadalajara No Drama In L.A.: Cuellar, Mares, Charlo, Williams Make Weight Menard, Beltran Make Weight for HBO Co-Feature Molina Weighs In at 144 Pounds for 140-Pound Crawford Fight Photos: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Dominik Britsch - On Weight For War Paul Gallen Beats Junior Paulo, Vows To KO Ryan Carr Next Concepcion vs. Yafai Still On, WBA Belt At Stake For Yafai Only Adrien Broner Hit For Damages in Sex Tape Lawsuit Photos: Jayson Velez vs. Alfredo Santiago, Serrano-Silgado Weigh-in Light-Heavy, Trainer Banned Over Nick Blackwell Readmission Francisco Vargas vs. Miguel Berchelt Lands on BoxNation Video: Joshua, Molina, Chisora, Whyte, Ortiz, Taylor Weigh-In Hozumi Hasegawa in Shock Retirement, Won't Defend WBC Belt Photos: Yafai on Point, Concepcion Overweight and Loses Belt Photos: Joshua vs. Molina, Chisora vs. Whyte - Official Weigh-in Randy Caballero, Golden Boy Reach Deal To Extend Promotional Lipinets' Manager: Troyanovsky Had No Chin, Indongo Ours in 2017 Abner Mares: I'm Not Scared of Cuellar's Power; I Hit Hard, Too Wladimir Klitschko: I Want To Fight The Very Best Anthony Joshua Charlo: Not Much Left For Me at 154; I'm Not Afraid of Golovkin! Frank Warren Talks Parker-Ruiz, Joshua Revealing McCracken Link Quigg: I Have To Keep Winning, Build Buzz For Frampton Rematch Bob Arum Reflects on Kicking Out Anthony Mundine, Praises Horn Paul Gallen Losing Hope of Landing Sonny Bill Williams Clash Amir Khan Family Dispute To Be Part of New Reality Show? Anthony Joshua Sees No Need To Use Chisora-Whyte WWE Tactics Roach: Pacquiao-Crawford Possible, I like Pacquiao-Canelo Better Joselito Velazquez To Face Eduardo Casimero in Pro Debut Abel Sanchez: Ruiz, Parker Will Hit Each Other, Hurt Each Other
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement