vs. Larry Mosley Off Again
By Tim Donaldson
The last time that Mike Jones and Larry Mosley were supposed to
meet, Mosley pulled a muscle in his back the Sunday before the
fight and had to pull out. That was March 6. Fast forward a
couple months. Once again, Jones and Mosley were set to fight.
And once again, an injury is keeping the fight from happening.
This time, the injury belongs to Mike Jones.
Last Tuesday I spent some time with Mike at his training camp,
and everything looked great. I even asked him were there any
surprises this time, like the fact that he was hiding an injured
hand before the Perez fight. And his answer was no, that
everything was good. But that was Tuesday and things can change
in a few short days. On Thursday, he had some pain in his left
arm. Vaughn Jackson had Mike lay off the sparring and any type
of punching to try to let it heal, but Mike kept up much of his
other training to stay in top condition for the fight. By the
weekend, they knew that they had a problem.
On Tuesday, Mike went to the doctor with manager Doc Nowicki.
After reading the MRI, the doctor informed Mike and Doc that
Mike had strained his left bicep. Now a strain is the beginning
of a tear, and if allowed to go that far, Mike would most likely
have to sit for six months. And since this is a muscle and not a
ligament, surgery could not be performed to repair it. As it
stands now, Mike will have to give it ten days rest before he
can start using it again. So the good news is that Mike caught
it in time; the bad news is that he will not be defending his
title on June 6.
The fight is still scheduled to happen at Bally’s on June 6, but
now Teon Kennedy and Lucian Gonzalez will be headlining. Some
might say that Kennedy is not ready to headline a fight, but I
have seen him in some good fights. Like Mike, he has a good work
ethic. He is a determined fighter and a smart fighter. And
Gonzalez should be a tough opponent. His record is somewhat
deceptive. Most of his losses came early in his career. Out of
his last nine fights, he has won 7, lost 1, and fought to a
But the one fight on the card that really has my interest is the
fight between Latif Mundy and Patrick Majewski. Both are tough
fighters. And Majewski got my attention at the John Duddy fight,
winning every round of his fight before getting the TKO victory
in the seventh. I expect this to be a true contest for both
fighters. And if you like a good brawler, John Poore should not