BAM on Boxing

Mike Jones Is Movin' On Up


June 25, 2011

South Philly Arena

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



Philadelphia’s undefeated welterweight Mike Jones has been elevated to the No. 7 slot in the world rankings

by the prestigious Ring Magazine. Jones hopes to celebrate when he makes his first hometown start in two

years on June 25th at the South Philly Arena in the scheduled 10-round main event against Raul Munoz, of

Leon, Mexico.


Jones, 28, comes from a small family with just one sibling. As a kid, Jones was family oriented and that has

not changed. This young man is a skilled fighter who is on his way to national stardom. He is a gentleman

and gentlemen usually do not get the recognition they deserve. Jones does not lead a glamorous night life;

he chooses to spend time with his two daughters.


As an amateur, Jones had a record of 62–10. Now 24–0 (18 KOs) as a pro, he is well-seasoned. Jones

describes himself as a boxer-puncher, always looking to capitalize on mistakes made by his opponents.

Jones has a strong left jab that leads his combinations. His Machine Gun nickname fits him well; once he

jabs a flurry of punches often follows.


Among Jones’ victims are Henry Bruseles, Hector Munoz and Irving Garcia, but Jones is best-known for his

two wins over Jesus Soto-Karass of Mexico. In their first fight Nov. 13, 2010, Jones scored a controversial

10-round majority decision on the pay-per-view undercard of Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito at Cowboys

Stadium in Arlington, TX. That led to a 12-round rematch on Feb. 19, 2011 at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino

in Las Vegas where Jones won by unanimous decision in a fight televised by HBO.


Everything Jones does looks as though it comes naturally. He has a good balance between speed and power

which is not something you find every day. Jones started training at the old Joe Frazier boxing gym on North

Broad Street and now trains at Joe Hand’s Gym on Third Street above Spring Garden in Northern Liberties.

The gym has a huge front window and fans can watch from the sidewalk. There is something a bit nostalgic

about being able to peer into the window of a local gym and see a championship-caliber boxer hone his



Jones is the type of fighter you have to kick out of the gym. He constantly critiques himself and he eats

sleeps and breathes boxing. Last year he left his job at Home Depot in Cherry Hill, NJ, to devote all his time

to boxing. It is more than just his career; it is his lifestyle.


He has been with Peltz Boxing Promotions, co-managers Doc Nowicki and Jim Williams as well as trainer

Vaughn Jackson since his pro debut in 2005. Jones also is co-promoted by Top Rank and Joe Hand



I cannot wait to see Jones in person again on June 25 at the South Philly Arena.



The author is a senior in sport and recreation management at Temple University. She

recently joined Peltz Boxing as an intern. This is the first in a series of weekly columns.




- Press Release from Peltz Boxing

- Photos courtesy of Peltz Boxing


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