The Boxing World is buzzing about this Saturday’s Cotto vs. Margarito matchup, but a lot of eyes will also be on the rest of the PPV card as Philadelphia’s Mike Jones takes to the ring against Argentinean Sebastian Lujan for the WBO NABO and NABA welterweight titles.

Jones (25-0, 19 KO’s) has been often speculated as a future opponent for Manny Pacquiao on the strength of his raw power, unblemished record, and of course his affiliation with Bob Arum and Top Rank.

Madison Square Garden will be rocking as Jones will be looking to stop Lujan and get a coveted shot at Randall Bailey for Andre Berto’s vacated IBF title.

At 6’0” with a 72” reach, 28 year old Jones has matured well and has kept busy; this will be his third fight in 2011, and he will again benefit from the television exposure of the Cotto vs. Margarito festivities. As more eyes see Jones and as his win streak continues, how much longer can he be left out of the Pacquiao sweepstakes? Right now, everything is on hold as Pacquiao is looking to face Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 5th, but until that is a done deal the speculation will continue. If Jones is looking to showcase his skills it may be a long night for Sebastian Lujan Saturday……and rest assured that the Pac-Man will be intently watching as well.

Sebastian Lujan, from Rosario, Argentina, put up a hard fight against rising star, the undefeated Mike Jones, 25-0 (18 KOs), but was ineffective and Jones had little trouble copping a unanimous decision and earning the right to face KO artist Randall Bailey for the vacant IBF Welterweight belt. He also successfully defended his NABO and NABA belts on the undercard of Cotto-Margarito at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Using his long arms and four inch height advantages to their fullest, Jones, a Philly fighter, completely dominated Lujan, 146 pounds, throughout except for the seventh when Jones appeared to take the round off.

Very simple; Jones, also 146 pounds, had too much of everything but courage over Lujan who never stopped trying. It wasn’t a beat down, but Lujan had little more the heart to fight the talented Jones.

Round after round Jones used jabs and uppercuts often throw from outside, to control and batter an ever pressing Lujan. Late in the eleventh Lujan, 38-6-2 (24 KOs), was hurt from a left hook/straight right combination. The bell sound right after Jones landed a similar combination again.

Lujan’s punches were wide and wild, so Jones found them easy to avoid and land his own, more accurate, punches. The referee was Steve Willis.

The scores of the officials were 118-110, and 119-109 twice, all for Jones on this Top Rank promotion.


By: SecondsOut