Mike Jones Sensational In Philly

Larry TornambeContributor IAugust 30, 2008

The 10-round main event between Juliano Ramos and Mike Jones was contested for the vacant North American Boxing Association Welterweight belt.  It was presented to a TV audience on the Telefutura channel, and to the fine Philadelphia fans live at the New Alhambra in south Philadelphia.  


Mike Jones spectacularly pieced together this jigsaw puzzle by starting with the hard and frequent jab as the border.  By the third stanza, Jones was leading by using body punches and jabs to connect the meat of the puzzle, if you will. 


Ramos (15-2-1) didn’t show much ability to get past Jones' jab and wasn’t answering on the inside as Jones worked the body.  Jones found the colorful and larger pieces of the puzzle in the fourth as he staggered Ramos early and had him pinned on the ropes to end the round. 


Jones backed away in the fifth so as “not to run into anything,” he would later tell Bleacher Report.  Knowledge of the total picture is one of Jones' larger assets.  He knows a hurt fighter is a dangerous one, so he kept his distance with a jab and watched Ramos left eyelid swell by the end of the fifth.  


By then, Jones had a string of colorful and important pieces to the puzzle ,and that allowed him a fantastic run of combinations at the start of the sixth round.  The barrage brought an end to the fight at 31 seconds of the sixth round with the Steve Smoger stoppage.  


Jones remains undefeated at 15-0, and has a probable berth in the top-15 of the WBA welterweight rankings. 


Junior Middleweights Latif Mundy and Rudy Cisneros fought a very tight eight-round co-feature bout.  Cisneros used power and combinations to take the early rounds, but the fourth through the sixth were busy and useful for Mundy. 


After six, the Bleacher Report scorecard was even.  Mundy continued to stir up most of the action in the seventh round, but the boxers were close, physically and on the scorecards. 


Cisneros fought like he hit the wall, ekeing out punches only when necessary.  A low blow tossed by Mundy in the eighth round resulted in a point deduction, but Mundy was the more effective boxer. 


The tight battle finished the distance, and although the Bleacher Report scorecard leaned Mundy’s way by one point, the official judges all saw Cisneros winning by 78-73, 76-75, 77-74 tallies.  Cisneros, one of the Contender Series alum, improves to 12-2 and Mundy loses for the first time in nine fights.



Welterweights: Ray Serrano TKO first 2:37 over Jimmy LeBlanc

Super Middles: Dennis Hasson KO fourth 2:03 over Dave Cook

Lightweights: Francisco Palacios U Dec six over Jesus Barbosa

Cruiserweights: Pedro Martinez TKO second 0:31 over Reshawn Scott

Jr. Lightweights: Anthony Flores TKO fourth 0:22 over Jose Mandujano


The card was promoted by Peltz Boxing, Chargin Productions, and Joe Hand Boxing.    Their next outing in Philadelphia is November 14th.