Mike Jones Defeats Lenin Arroyo
& Other Results From Bally’s Atlantic City
By Tim Donaldson
Photos: "Sugar" Ray Bailey
For those who say that
boxing is dead, I say you must come to a match promoted by
Hall of Fame Promoter Russell Peltz. Saturday night at
Bally’s was a great night of boxing. From the main event
featuring Mike Jones, the Jamaal Davis’ fight, and even the
pro debut fights of Ryan Carson and Josh Mercado, the night
was full of exciting, and more importantly, evenly matched
Mike Jones was forced to go the distance for the first time
since May of 2008 when he fought Gilbert Venegas. Although
Lenin Arroyo was a second choice replacement fighter, he
proved to be a worthy opponent for Jones. The conventional
wisdom of those in attendance was that it should be an easy
fight. Arroyo typically fights as a light welterweight, so
Jones should have a weight advantage, as well as the several
inch height advantage. But Arroyo has never been stopped in
the ring. This fight was no exception.
The first round was slow,
with each fighter trying to get used to the other. Jones and
Arroyo had no real time to train for the fighting style of
the other, so this was there only chance. By the second
round, Jones was looking like his usual self. He was
fighting harder, bobbing and weaving, and throwing lots of
combinations. But Arroyo was staying right there with him,
never backing down. In the third round, Arroyo tried to push
Jones against the ropes, but Jones quickly moved away. One
thing was evident. Arroyo was not intimidated by Jones’ size
or record. And even when Jones would throw everything at
Arroyo, Arroyo just kept taking it and just kept coming
I have always thought the sign of a champion was that they
do not lose their composure when things are not happening
exactly as they had planned. Jones has a long list of
knockouts. And the way he was hitting Arroyo, it was
surprising that he did not go down. But Jones kept calm
throughout the fight. In the fifth, Jones began to double
his jab before throwing his right. Arroyo was still coming
right back after him, but he was failing to connect his
shots. In the sixth, Arroyo came out swinging. Jones came
right back and dominated the rest of the round. At one
point, however, Jones seemed to be trying too hard for the
knockout. He began to look a little sloppy, but quickly
regained his composure.
In the seventh, both Jones
and Arroyo were looking tired. Although Jones controlled the
round, it was a much closer round than the ones before. In
the eighth and ninth round, Arroyo would control the early
part of the rounds, and Jones would control the middle and
the end of the rounds. Jones spent the final rounds relying
more on his right. In the tenth, Jones landed a hard shot to
the head of Arroyo, but still Arroyo refused to go down.
Jones won by decision. Two of the judges scoring the fight
99-91 and one 98-92.
Earlier in the evening, Jamaal Davis fought Manuel Guzman.
Davis, who is called “Tyson” by many of his fans, proved why
he has earned that name. Davis came out swinging in the
first round, putting pressure on Guzman from the beginning.
But Guzman was able to survive the barrage and did not back
down the entire round. In the second round, Davis would
punish Guzman every time he came in to throw a punch. Davis
was not making it easy for Guzman. He kept moving, keeping
Guzman off his fight plan.
In the third round, Guzman was already looking tired, and by
the fourth, he looked worn out. He was trying to hang on to
Davis to stop the hits. Although Davis dominated the round,
at times Guzman was able to come back. And he looked
dangerous, like a cornered animal trying to fight back
against his aggressor. But as long as Davis kept moving, he
was able to dominate Guzman. By the sixth and final round,
Davis was out punching Guzman by at least three to one.
Guzman was able to land one last power shot in the sixth
round, but it was not enough to put Davis down. Davis won by
The night started out with the pro debut of Ryan Carson
against Osnel Charles. Judging by the first round, I would
have thought that Charles would be the winner. He looked
more professional and to be more in control. But Carson came
out in the second round ready to prove that he belonged in
the ring as a professional fighter. He knocked down Charles
late in the round. Charles went down but got right up. He
looked unsteady on his legs, and Carson knocked him down
again. The referee stopped the fight at 2:39 in the second.
The second fight was the pro debut of Josh Mercado. Mercado
came out in the first round, landing several good
combinations against Terrell Boggs. Boggs seemed to be
waiting for something. That something might have been the
second round. Boggs was much more aggressive in the second.
However, Mercado never backed down. Round three was a toss
up. Both fighters showed that they wanted this fight. But by
the end of the fourth round, Boggs seemed worn out. Mercado
dominated the last minute, and Boggs was not returning fire.
Mercado won by unanimous decision, only losing one round on
the scorecard of one judge.
Ronald Cruz scored a TKO victory over Julias Edmonds. In the
third round, Edmonds ear was cut. The cut looked much worse
than it was, almost looking as though the blood were coming
from the inner ear rather than the cut on the top of his
ear. The fight was stopped after the third round on the
advice of the physician.
Jerson Ravelo defeated
Willis Lockett, scoring the unanimous decision in what was
probably the slowest fight of the evening. And the final
fight of the evening saw Frankie Trader scoring a unanimous
decision over Francisco Palacios.
Boxing is only dead if we let it die. Good boxing can still
be found. So go out and support it.