Philly’s Mike Jones Stops Raul Pinzon for 19th straight Win in Atlantic City!
By Ken Hissner at ringside (Nov 8, 2009) DoghouseBoxing  
The of the best kept secrets in the welterweight division, Philly’s Mike Jones, 19-0 (16), stayed unbeaten stopping Colombian Raul Pinzon, 16-4-1 (15), with a wicked body shot to the liver in 1:40 of the 5th round Saturday night at Bally’s, in Atlantic City, New Jersey!

Before another packed ballroom Peltz Boxing put on a seven fight card topped by Jones, #7 contender in the WBA and #13 in the IBF ratings. Pinzon took the fight on two week’s notice coming in almost five pounds over the welter limit. He was stopped in his last two fights and had only defeated four fighters with winning records. It’s nothing new for Jones to face another substitute. It’s happened in his last three appearances. It seems when they sign the contract they don’t know who Jones is. Then when they locate a tape on him they change their minds.

Though Jones jab didn’t have its usual snap to it, Pinzon telegraphed every punch he threw. Unlike in Jones previous fight where he spent 10 rounds banging on the head of Lenin Arroyo ending up with a victory but a pair of sore hands, he found the body of Pinzon the weak point. It was a four round shutout until the 5th when a straight right hand rocked Pinzon back on his heels. Jones then followed up with a body shot that felled the Colombian causing referee Brian O’Melia to stop counting and wave it off. Pinzon lay in pain suffering his third straight knockout loss. For Jones it was his third defense of his NABA title he won in August of 2008. There is talk of a HBO bout but it’s going to take a contender of some nature as opposition before they will buy that. The IBF division is wide open for Jones who brings a good deal of fan support with him. Co-managers Doc Nowicki and Jimmy Williams have a diamond in the rough if in stepping up the competition Jones performs up to his ability.

In what was expected to be the fight of the night proved just that with a lot less fireworks than expected. Two North Philly fighters met in the light middleweight division as Gabriel “King” Rosado, 13-4 (8), stopped Latif “Mean Streak” Mundy, 8-2-1 (3), at 1:53 of the 7th round. The fight was even up until the final round. Mundy won the first round and they took turns after that until the 5th after Rosado having his best round in the 4th, took the lead. Mundy came back in the 6th landing a straight right followed up by a combination to rock Rosado. With very few exchanges each fighter seemed to dominate a round. In the 7th Rosado rocked Mundy on two different occasions that the latter didn’t seem to recover from. Several chopping right hands from the taller Rosado caused referee Sammy Viruet to stop the fight. Mundy didn’t seem to complain about the stoppage. Rosado’s trainer Billy Briscoe seemed pleased with the outcome for his fighter. “It was a good fight but Rosado was the stronger of the two in the end,” said Briscoe.

Briscoe also worked the corner of the continued comeback of Mike “No Joke” Stewart, 44-7-3, (23), of New Castle, DE, who did just enough to win over Louie Leija, 21-13-1 (15) , of San Antonio, TX, by 57-56 on all the judge’s scorecards as well as this writers in a welterweight 6. Stewart got a bad call when he tripped over the feet of Leija and referee Ricardo Vera called it a knockdown in the 3rd round. He also had to overcome a bad cut on the right eyebrow that trainer/cut man Briscoe finally was able to contain. It was the second fight for Stewart in two years after a return to the ring in April. At 31, Stewart has a lot of miles and war’s in the 13 years he’s been fighting. Going out with two straight wins may be the wise thing to do at this stage of his career. The 36 year old Leija has lost 8 of his last 9 fights, 6 by knockout, including a 9 year lay-off. Stewart’s punches seemed to be more effective to the body in the 5th though a left hook rocked his opponent in the 6th and final round. Stewart had to win the last 3 rounds to gain the victory.

Local favorite Josh Mercado, of nearby Cape May, 3-0 (1), had his hands full with Epi Cosme Rodriguez, 3-2 (3), of Lancaster, PA, who at 34, was 10 years older than the young prospect. After an even couple of rounds with Rodriguez forcing the action, Mercado used his jab and straight right to take the last two rounds. The decision was a majority in this welterweight 4 rounder with scores of 40-36 (twice) and 38-38. This writer had Mercado ahead, but Rodriguez is a gamer and made his presence known.

The final bout of the night turned out to be a war in the last several rounds of a welter 6 rounder as Bethlehem, PA, favorite Ronald Cruz improved his unbeaten record to 7-0 (4), defeating Ashantie Hendrickson, 1-5-1 (0), of Medford, NY. Cruz turned southpaw, in which seemed to trouble his opponent. Though Cruz won by scores of 59-56, 58-56 and 59-55, he is going to have to learn to use his jab more or it’s going to be a war in every fight as he steps up in competition.

The show opened up with southpaw Khalil Farah, 5-4-1 (1), of North Philly, who was not able to hold off the power of Keith Kozlin, 4-0 (2), of Providence, RI, with the referee Viruet, finally putting a halt to this one sided fight at 2:32 of the 3rd round, in this 4 round light heavyweight match.. Farah, who has a nice following, and admits to being limited, is from Jordan, and helps fill the seats in any show, but he has to be matched better than this. With a very swollen right eye afterwards he stated it was his first and last fight for this promotion. I think the handwriting was on the wall when the ring announcer introduced Kozlin twice in not mentioning Farah. Let’s hope for his sake Kozlin didn’t get both purses.

In another 4 round super middleweight match that looked promising on paper, turned out to be one sided as Brooklyn’s Phillip Jackson Benson, 4-1 (4), halted local Pleasantville boxer Julio Sanchez, Jr., 3-1 (2), at the end of the 2nd round. Sanchez found himself on the canvas to the surprise of his fans and it seemed to be the beginning of the end in suffering his first loss in his young career. Referee was Vera.

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