Unbeaten Mike “MJ” Jones Headlines on ShowBox: The Next Generation 7/9!
By Ken Hissner (July 7, 2010) Doghouse Boxing  
Philadelphia’s Mike “MJ” Jones, 21-0 (17), continues on his path to a world title bout on Friday, July ninth, from the ballroom at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. This is a Peltz Boxing Promotions in association with DiBella Entertainment that has been dubbed “The Fireworks Continues”. They have Jones up against Puerto Rico’s Irving Garcia 17-4-3 (8) in a NABA and WBO NABO welterweight title defense over twelve rounds.

Common opponent for the two boxers is Hector Munoz whom Jones stopped in his last bout in April in Atlantic City. This was an HBO broadcast on the undercard of Pavlik-Martinez. Garcia fought to a TD2 with Munoz in August of 2008. Garcia also fought to a TD10 the fight before that for the interim WBA welterweight title in the Ukraine against unbeaten Yuriy Nuzhnenko. Garcia is being brought back by Showtime off a great performance in his last bout with Luis Carlos Abregu that the commentators proclaimed was the best fight they have ever aired.

Jones has moved up to No. 2 in both the WBA and WBO along with No. 7 by both the WBC and IBF organizations. Jones has defeated twelve Latino’s of which eight were his latest victims. The fans can expect a real shoot out with the main event starting at approximately 11 p.m. ET.

In the co-feature Miami’s Antwone “The Truth” Smith, 18-1-1 (10), who is unbeaten in his six fights outside of Florida, has been rumored as a future opponent for Jones. He has won thirteen in a row including a draw. He stopped New Jersey’s then unbeaten Henry Crawford last year. He is No. 12 in the IBF ratings. He is matched with Lanardo “Pain Server” Tyner, 23-3 (14), from Detroit, now fighting out of Houston. He has won four of his last five fights. His only loss in that span of time was to top rated contender Saul Alvarez in Mexico for the NABF title.

There are eight other matches on the undercard subject to change. In four’s will be Cape May’s Josh Mercado and Camden’s Jason Sosa. Unbeaten Steve Martinez of the Bronx and Anthony Smith of Kennett Square, PA, will also be featured. Philadelphia’s Ardrick Butler and Delaware’s Ryan Belasco are in separate six’s. This should be an action packed card for fans’ and viewers.

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