While most of Glendale’s boxing community was following Nonito Donaire’s performance with trepidation to see if there was a possibility of a rematch between Filipino rising star and the most favorite fighter of Glendale, Vic Darchinyan, they got to see another rematch, a welterweight showdown between Jesus Soto Karass and Mike Jones. Twelve round NABA welterweight championship bout that took place this Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas was televised by HBO’s Boxing after Dark as a semi main event to Donaire vs. Montiel fight. Their original bout that took place in Dallas, Texas last November ended in a controversial split decision win for Mike Jones. Finding Soto Karass very easy to hit, Jones assaulted the Mexican warrior with torrent of punches throughout second stanza that would stop most humans. Karass, however, was able to absorb the punishment, regroup and dominate most of the rounds, because Mike Jones had nothing left. Judges score cards created a lot of boos in the crowd and the need for a rematch.
In a highly anticipated rematch Philadelphia welterweight Mike” Machine Gun” Jones(24-0,18KO’S) defeated very popular Mexican brawler Jesus Soto Karass(24-6-3,16KO’S) by unanimous decision, After twelve bloody rounds all three judges scored it for Jones: 115-113,116-112,117-111. This time there was no controversy. But did Jones do enough to silence his critics? “I give myself about B+ tonight. I thought I did a really good job,” said Jones at the post fight press conference:” I tried to show everybody out there that I can box and I can move and I can stick to a game plan.”
Jesus Soto Karass picked up where he left off last fight applying pressure and going to the body while Mike Jones was boxing and moving, landing very little but moving a lot. Jones took control of the fight with boxing and combinations in rounds two and three. Karass was cut under both eyes after round three. Referee Kenny Bayless did not see a clash of heads and announced that it was caused by a punch. Mexican warrior came out with intent in the fourth, afraid that the fight might be stopped. Jones controlled the action but Karass kept marching forward and applying pressure and landing some heavy blows to the body.
That was the last time the fight was close. With a good mix of boxing and moving Philadelphia prospect took control of the action in the middle rounds. Mike Jones showed the signs of fatigue at the end of eighth, so he decided to stand and fight in the ninth; starting with a strong jab he went to the body and moved Karass back for the first time in the fight. Inspired by his success Jones used a machine gun jab to facilitate his attack in the tenth and administered a severe beating with Karass practically blind from all the blood in his eyes. Desperately behind on the scorecards Karass left it all in the ring in the final stanza; his blood sweat and tears but it was a little too late.
Both fighters put forth a valiant effort in this battle and deserve a lot of credit: Jesus Soto Karass for incredible heart and determination and Mike Jones for being able to learn from his mistakes and adjust to win more convincingly. But is undefeated Mike Jones ready for big time? His promoter Bob Arum thinks so.
“ When you people get tired of seeing Andre Berto fighting busboys like Hernandez,” said Jones’s promoter Bob Arum addressing the media at a post fight press conference:” And junior welterweights whose only distinction is quitting in the fight, than may be we can test Andre Berto and see if he really can fight when he fights a real Philadelphia welterweight like Mike Jones. That challenge is out there.”
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