Mike “MJ” Jones Wins 20th Straight over Henry Bruseles in Atlantic City!
By Ken Hissner at ringside (Feb 28, 2010) Doghouse Boxing  
Philly’s Mike “MJ” Jones, 20-0 (16), continued to dominate another Latin opponent Saturday night at Bally’s in Atlantic City easily winning over Henry Bruseles, 28-4-1 (15), of Puerto Rico, in defense of his NABA Welterweight title! Before a sold out crowd as of a week ago Jones fought in spurts using his 6” advantage in height and reach over Bruseles who to his credit never stopped trying to come forward.

The bout was part of Fox Sports Spanish Network and was originally scheduled for 12 rounds, but reduced to 10 prior to the bout. The crowd always anticipates Jones will score a knockout since his first 12 opponents didn’t go the distance. At 6:00 Jones is lean and always in top condition. After a feeling out first round Bruseles set the pace coming forward with body shots and an occasion stiff jab that stopped Jones in his tracks usually after amounting an attack. Jones used his jab to hold off his much smaller opponent and didn’t seem to get untracked until the 3rd round rocking Bruseles to the head. The 4th round was close with Jones showing his superior hand speed with Bruseles landing several left hooks to the head of Jones. In the 6th a Jones left uppercut rocked Bruseles who came back late in the round to rock Jones with a left hook and outworked his opponent.

The fight seemed even going into the 7th round when Jones took over with an overhand right that hurt Bruseles who refused to go down. Jones continued with combinations in spurts but rarely went to the body of his opponent. Jones came out in the 10th and final round looking to close the show rocking Bruseles with a right uppercut and later a straight right to the neck of his opponent who came back with a stiff jab from the floor to stop Jones in his tracks. Jones seemed content to take the distance win. Scores for Jones were 99-92 by judge’s Alan Rubenstein and Waleska Roldan while Luis Rivera had it 97-92. This writer had it 97-93 Jones. The referee was Earl Brown. The crowd was very restless with the defeat of Holt and too much time between fights for cable but security seemed to keep things in order.

One has to wonder if Jones is not starting to get bored with the smaller Latino’s that his promoter J. Russell Peltz has been feeding him for his last 11 fights. There are bigger fish on the horizon such as Alfonso Gomez, Luis Collazo, Carlos Abregu, Delvin Rodriguez, Saul Alvarez and Hectory Saldivia if the plans are for Jones to fight for the Latino title. With former champion Zab Judah ranked #6 in the WBA ahead of the 8th ranked Jones it would be a pleasant change and interesting match-up. Rumors are Jones may be part of an HBO undercard in seven weeks that though won’t get him any air time it will expose him to some of the rest of the country on a larger scale. He has been in the shadows since turning professional in 2005. Co-Managers Doc Nowicki and Jimmy Williams along with trainer Vaughn Jackson are chomping at the bit hoping to get into the thick of the action with champions like Jan Zaveck, of Slovenia, possibly defending his IBF title against #1 Rafael Jackiwicz of Poland April 9th in Slovenia to avenge his only loss back in 2008. Since this was a Top Rank co-promotion possibly they will work with Peltz getting Jones to Las Vegas. Peltz has hinted his days promoting in Philly are over. Seems his profits are not big enough and he is putting all his marbles on Jones before saying good-bye.

The show opened up with former WBO light welterweight champion Kendall Holt, 25-4 (13), of Paterson, NJ, showing his boxing skills while being chased by the South African champion Kaizer Mabuza, 23-6-3 (14), of Johannesburg, who started ripping to the body in the 2nd round. By the 4th round Holt’s nose was bleeding badly and he was not fighting back. Mabuza doesn’t have the best skills outside of some power but it was enough to beat Holt.

The semi-windup featured the fight of the night as Puerto Rico via Philly and Mexico were represented in a 10 round junior middleweight match-up. The fans were given a treat as “King” Gabriel Rosado, 14-4 (8), of Philly seemed fortunate to gain a split decision over veteran Saul Roman, 32-6 (27), of Tijuana.

In the 2nd round Roman rocked Rosado and seemed that his experience would dominate. Fighting back in the 3rd round though with a reddened face, Rosado showed his gameness. In the 6th round an accidental clash of heads opened a cut between the eyes on the forehead of Roman which seemed to slow him down. The 7th round was action packed as Rosado with a cut outside his left eye rocked Roman on several occasions with straight right hands. Rosado came out in the 10th boxing as if he knew he had the decision as Roman chased him around the ring. Judge Pierre Benoist had it 97-93 for Roman as did this writer. He was overruled by judges Ed Gabler and Debra Barnes who had it 96-94 Rosado by split decision. Eddie Cotton served as the referee.

In a 6 round brawl Ariel Espinal, 7-12-3 (3), of Brooklyn, was eating jabs from Tony Pietrantonio, 6-5-1 (5), of Youngstown for the better part of 2 rounds with occasional wild looping left hooks rocking his opponent. In the 3rd round a right dropped Pietrantonio whose right eye was cut. In the 4th Pietrantonio was dominating the round until he was rocked again and out on his feet by an overhand right causing the referee Benji Esteves, Jr. to call a halt at 1:38 of the 4th round giving Espinal his first win after posting a 0-10-2 record in his last 12 fights. Espinal came in at 181 while Pietrantonio was 171.

Ossie Duran, 24-8-2 (9) of Ghana, fighting out of Paterson, seemed too big and strong for Philly’s game Jamaal Davis, 11-6 (6) who seemed to fall into a slugfest instead of boxing more. The swing bout was cut from a 6 to a 4 rounder in the junior middleweight division with all judges having it 40-36 for Duran.

In another swing bout right after the main event Passaic’s Glen Tapia, 4-0 (3), walked right through Tyrone Miles, 1-3, of Camden, dropping him once, before the stoppage at 1:00 of the 1st in this 4 round junior middleweight match-up.

In an exciting bout earlier Troy “Trouble” Maxwell, 2-0 (1), of Galloway, seemed fortunate to gain a 39-37 decision over popluar Todd “Viking” Ericksson, 0-3-1, of Dover, in a 4 round bout between super middleweights. Maxwell chased and Eriksson jabbed utilizing his reach but tired by the 4th round. Esteves was the referee. Former two division world champion Virgil Hill was in the corner of Maxwell.

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