Boxing Report: Mike Jones Thrills Fans with KO Victory over Luciano Perez
By Ken Hissner at ringside for DoghouseBoxing (Dec 6, 2008)  
Philly’s unbeaten welterweight Mike “MJ” Jones, 16-0 (14), thrilled the fans Friday night at the Sovereign Center in Reading, Pennsylvania with a devastating 3rd round knockout at the 1:56 mark over tough Luciano Perez, 16-9-1 (14), out of Chicago.

Golden Boy Promotions in association with Kings Promotions (Reading) and Peltz Boxing Promotions gave the fans and Telefutura a great show. The Spanish network is discontinuing boxing at months end.

Perez went right after Jones in the 1st round forcing him to get away from his usual game plan of boxing until the opening comes. It turned into a slugfest with Perez causing some interesting moments with strong body shots in the 2nd round. Perez received a cut on the hairline causing blood to flow down the side of his face. In the 3rd round the Jones jab was finding its mark against the wild swinging rough tactics of Perez, when all of a sudden a wicked left hook by Jones spun Perez around and down he went. As he got to his feet he was obviously out of it as referee Gary Rosato waved it off saving Perez from further punishment in this scheduled 10 round main event.

“The way he came after me I had no choice but to go for a knockout early,” said Jones. “He hurt his left hand in training and almost pulled out of this fight,” said Russell Peltz, promoter of Jones. Giving up nine pounds due to an overweight Perez caused some uneasy moments in the 2nd round, but the left hand showed no ill effects with the knockout. Jones, at 144 ½, continues to impress and is one of the most outstanding prospects in the country in the welterweight division. Co-managers Doc Nowicki and Jimmy Williams are looking forward to a possible March return to Philly for Jones. Rumors are it could be at the Spectrum before it is dismantled.

The opening bout was marred with rough tactics by Allentown’s Marvin Rivera, 4-4-3 (1), who caused a cut on Philly’s returning (15 month absence) Kaseem Wilson’s, 10-1-1 (3), left eyebrow in the 2nd round. His corner man Jimmy Williams did a great job in stopping the flow of blood, the rest of the way. By the 4th round Wilson got himself untracked from the mauling Rivera, rocking his opponent with about 10 seconds left in the round. Wilson continued his attack in the 5th round as both southpaws battled it out. In the 6th and final round of this light middleweight match a vicious left dropped Rivera. Upon rising, he had a cut on his right eyebrow. At the bell Rivera was holding on. All three judges voted in favor of Wilson. Referee Art Baylis said Wilson’s cut was from a punch, while Wilson disputed that. “It was from a butt. I took this fight on a weeks notice replacing Latif Mundy,” said a jubilant Wilson.

The 2004 Olympian, Rock Allen, 14-0 (7), looked ripped at 140, winning all eight rounds on the judges scorecards against an ever pressing opponent in Humberto Tapia, 13-9-1 (7). As Tapia stalked Allen he took a beating, getting rocked as early as the 1st round with a double left hook. Tapia’s best round was in the 2nd when he landed a straight right hand that seemed to have little effect on the former Olympian. Allen was very focused throughout. Nazeem Richardson, his manager and trainer, seemed concerned his fighter was distracted by his many fans at ringside. “This is only the second time he has fought before a home crowd and I thought he should have just fought his fight and not take any chances trying to score a knockout,” said Richardson. Allen, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, looks like he is ready to step up and look for bigger game.

Reading’s Jason Cintron, 10-0 (3), was devastating scoring a 2nd round knockout over Pascali Adorno, 10-8-3 (4), of Puerto Rico at the 0:34 mark. With his back to the ropes, Cintron landed a right hand that had Adorno falling straight forward and through the ropes as Cintron stepped aside. Coming off a big win in Philly recently, Cintron showed he has all the tools. Being the younger brother of former IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (with him after the fight), he seems to be following in his footsteps, leading him to the top of the junior welterweight division. “It was the first southpaw I fought and I wanted to make him step to his left so I could land the straight right. It’s the best punch I have thrown,” said Cintron. Rick Steigerwalt was the referee.

Lebanon’s Esteban Rodriguez, 4-1-1 (1), formerly of Puerto Rico, won his second straight fight since coming to the states with a 4 round decision over Philly’s Paul Fernandez, 3-2-1 (2), in this featherweight match-up. Rodriguez’s manager/trainer John Myers was quite pleased. “We have been working hard in the gym since he has come to us,” said Myers. Except for the 2nd round, Fernandez was out hustled by Rodriguez.

Fan favorite Lucian Gonzalez, 9-4-1 (1), outworked Robert DaLuz, 11-15-2 (9), of Jacksonville in a super bantamweight six rounder winning on scores of 60-54 and 59-55 twice. Gonzalez, of Reading, could be on the verge of bigger and better things.

In the last bout of the night, Reading southpaw Julio Cesar Matthews, 6-0 (5), finally threw caution to the wind in the 3rd round dropping William Bailey, 9-16-2 (5) with a combination. Upon Bailey rising, Matthews immediately dropped him with a right hook at 2:51 of the round. Matthews is a heavy handed cruiser at 184. Bailey had defeated Juan Carlos Robles in August, who had fought in the main event in Allentown in March against Rob Calloway. At 38, Matthews should be finding himself in with some of the better cruisers. He has been serving as a sparring partner for IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham for his title defense December 11th in Newark, New Jersey.

All in all it was a really good show. The fighters in this area deserve more fan support. Some may have stayed home watching local unbeaten heavyweight Travis Kauffman, 14-0 (11), on Showtime from California stop Malachy Farrell, 16-2 (12), stopped for his first time in his career.

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