Back in the day, old Yankee Clipper Yogi Bera once said “it’s like deja vu all over again”. Fifty-some years later, we can aptly apply this phrase to size up Philly’s #1 boxing prospect Mike Jones (18-0, 16ko’s) 2009 season in the ring. Once again, a last minute occurrence changes the dynamic of the Mount Airy Machine Gun’s originally proposed fight.
Now, instead of taking on a widely recognized and respected fringe contender, Jones has a new opponent that he will more than likely blow out of the water during his November 7 fight at Bally’s in Atlantic City…. The official word from Peltz Headquarters on 25th & Brown is that original opponent Richard Gutierrez has suffered a back injury while sparring and absolutely will not be able to compete for the scheduled 12 round NABA Welterweight title fight.
According to the Fairmount Hall of Famer J. Russell Peltz, new opponent will be Raul Pinzon (16-3-1, 15ko’s). Good replacement on paper but Pinzon is kind of like the girl who looks pretty good from across the bar…until 2am when the lights go on, then you see what she really looks like!
Pinzon has feasted on duck meat and is winless outside of his native Columbia being KO’d in three of his last four. Bet the house on a spectacular Mike Jones KO win here, somewhere around the halfway point of round 2. It’s a big disappointment that is no one’s fault but still, it is getting to the point to where something has got to give! The good news is that the dynamic, power punching local will remain on the card and I guess that is all that really matters.
With that said, it has gone will past the point of MJ needing some sort of signature win at this stage of his career.
Another road bump in a year that looked so promising in the beginning. Jones still has his NABA title and is still undefeated. If Jones dares to be a champion in this great sport, he must find a way to change his luck in the near future. Note to the suits at Showtime – Out of all the young welterweights your great show has featured over the past year, Jones takes any of them. Abrgeu, Antoine Smith, Hernandez, Aydin etc. Make a fight and please the fans!