Philly’s Mike Jones back in KO column!
By Ken Hissner at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (Aug 31, 2008)  
Philly’s New Alhambra was packed as usual as Mike Jones, 15-0 (13), brought the crowd to their feet entering the ring and leaving the ring! Though Jones didn’t have much opposition before him in Brazil’s Juliano Ramos, 15-2-1 (12), whose built up record included 13 opponents with losing records, Jones showed the fans the total package in offense to win the vacant NABA welterweight title Friday night.

His machinegun-like jab was in the face of Ramos throughout the first 5 rounds in spite of Ramos shell like peek-a-boo defense. Ramos didn’t go on the offense until the 3rd round and he paid a price for it. In the 4th round Jones hurt Ramos with a lead right head and again with a left right combination followed by a pair of right hands to the head. Jones went back to boxing in the 5th round before opening up in the 6th with a flurry of punches before ending it with a left hook. Referee Steve Smoger jumped in to stop it as Ramos was slipping along the ropes to the canvas at 1:12 of the round.

Jones has world’s of talent and as the #38 IBO rated fighter, he should be looking at the likes of the WBC’s #32 Patrick Lopez, #24 Delvin Rodriguez or #19 David Estrada. These are all Spanish fighters that the program’s Telefutura would be glad to see Jones in with. Co-managers Jimmy Williams and Doc Nowicki have done a fine but it’s time for promoter J. Russell Peltz, Joe Hand Promotions and Don Chargin Productions to step up the opposition. If not, Jones may start to get overconfident with the Ramos types and find himself in deep with the before mentioned WBC contenders.

In an 8 round light middleweight bout, Philly’s Latif Mundy, 8-1 (3), had his unbeaten record broken when he stepped up his opposition against tough Rudy Cisneros, 12-2 (10), of Chicago and lost a hard fought decision. Some at ringside felt Mundy deserved the nod. Judge Steve Weisfeld seemed to have it right at 76-75 which included a 1 point deduction in the 8th and final round from a low Mundy left hook south of the border. Referee Shawn Clark had warned him on several occasions prior to this including one rest period. Judges Julie Lederman 78-73 and Rich Hopkins 77-74 seemed out of line in favor of Cisneros.

Mundy was stunned as early as the 1st round by Cisneros halfway through the round. In the 3rd round they took turns rocking each other as a right hand by Mundy hurt Cisneros who came back with a right hand stunning Mundy before the round was over. In the 5th round it was all Mundy until about 10 seconds left in the round when Cisneros had Mundy out on his feet at the bell. Mundy came back to again outbox Cisneros which seemed to be the best thing he could have been doing. While winning the 7th big Mundy got caught before the bell sounded causing a cut on the right eyebrow. Mundy came out in the 8th and final round looking to end it when he got overanxious and landed an obvious low blow driving Cisneros to the canvas. The point deduction was merited by referee Clark. It wasn’t what cost him the fight, but it didn’t help matters any. By mixing it up with Cisneros more than he should have is what cost him the fight. Mundy is a very good prospect and should learn from this his first defeat. For Cisneros, to come into Philly and fight back the way he did earned the decision and many fans. He would be welcomed back here anytime. Do I hear rematch?

The show opened with the only mismatch on the show as Philly’s Raymond Serrano 7-0 (5) was fed an opponent who forgot he was allowed to throw a punch in Jimmy LeBlanc 11-15 (3) of Boston. It took Serrano 2:37 before referee Clark stepped in to stop the onslaught in this welter four rounder.

Next up was the ever popular Kensington super middleweight Dennis Hasson 4-0 (2) who is a distant relative to the legendary Philly Light Heavyweight champion Tommy Loughran. Hasson took the first 2 round from Butler, Pennsylvania’s Dave Cook 3-2 (2) by outworking him. In the 3rd round he finally connected with his effective long jab and had Cook at bay until moving inside and landing a short right hand that dropped Cook. He was able to beat the count and was saved by the bell. It wasn’t long into the 4th and final round that Hasson lowered the boom with a right hand that felled Cook face first to the canvas for the knockout at 2:03. “Everything went great. I listened to my coach and team. My jab started working in the 3rd round. I felt it in my arm in the 4th (knockout punch) round. I look forward to my first 6 rounder.” Hasson will appear next at the National Guard Armory October 4th, in the northeast part of the city as part of an Irish night although former light middleweight champion Kassim Ouma will be the main feature. His life story, “Kassim the Dream” will make its debut in Philly next month that should highlight his October bout.

Two Philly cruiserweights were in a real shoot out with Pedro Martinez 2-1 (2) landing the finishing right hand to the jaw of Reshawn Scott 1-1 at 0:31 of the 2nd round as referee Benji Estenez called a halt to the bout. Martinez is a Joe Hand, Sr. fighter.

Prospect Anthony Flores 4-0 (2) looked like in was in for a tough night as Jose “Angel” Mandujano 2-2 (1) roughed him up in the 1st round. Flores came out in the 2nd round and started using his height and reach taking the play away from Mandujano, of Middleton, Michigan in this 4 round junior lightweight match. Flores stepped up the pressure in the 4th round finishing off Mandujano at 0:22 with referee Clark putting a stop to it. Flores is a real crowd pleaser. The many Spanish fans in attendance voiced their approval. Williams and Nowicki, who manage Jones, also manage Flores.

That old saying “save the best for last” came true in the 7th and final match. Philly’s previously unbeaten Jesus Barbosa 4-1 (3) was in a war with Francisco Palacios 4-5-4 (1) of Stamford, Connecticut in a lightweight 6.

The Tyson-like style of Barbosa seemed to work in the early rounds but in the 3rd Palacios dropped Barbosa with a left hook. Barbosa was cut in the 4th round by the left eye. Palacios just had too much reach and fire power for Barbosa, who never stopped trying. Judges Hopkins and Weisfeld had it 58-55 while Carter somehow saw it 60-53, all for Palacios. Talk about rematch!

Next up for the promotion will be November 14th as part of a Top Rank promotion.

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