Atlas Fights 4 Preview

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Mississippi’s #1 MMA promotion returns on GFL on September 13 as AFC presents “Atlas Fighting Championship 4” emanating from the Golden Nugget Casino & Hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi. MMA fans, this event is a stacked card featuring the top up and combing prospects from the Gulf Coast. AFC is the premier MMA organization in the Magnolia State and is looking to increase its viewership worldwide now with a broadcasting partnership with GFL.

Scheduled to compete is the always tough Jason Knight (8-1). Knight is on a 4-fight winning streak, all finishes in the first or second round and has upped his game in 2014 winning 3 times and looking to do it again in front of his homebase.

Austin Parker (0-1) is also in action and looks to even his record to .500 with the first win of his career. Parker took a tough decision loss in his debut fight, but has trained tirelessly in the gym to shore up any holes in his game as has vowed to make his fight in the cage action packed from start to finish.

Rance Jones (3-1) from Florida comes back to AFC and is ready to bring his hard hitting style back to Mississippi. Look for Jones to waste no time in throwing haymakers and getting the fireworks started early.

John Brown (9-4) returns to the ring for the first time in two years after coming up just short in a title fight. Look for Brown to shake the ring rust off early by throwing haymakers, something he is famous for having won 7 times by (T)KO.

In the women’s division Vanessa Grimes (2-1) will take center stage. Grimes is the AFC Flyweight champion and will look to defend her title in impressive fashion. Grimes has quick hands and a solid grappling game.

You won’t find more BANG for your buck so order this thrilling event. Be sure to catch all of the action LIVE on September 13 as AFC presents “Atlas Fighting Championship 4” on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv.

GFL REAL FIGHTS Presents PowerPlay 24 – Parr VS Smith on TCN & CSN Beginning September 1

GFL PRESENTS “REAL FIGHTS” ON THE COMCAST NETWORK (TCN) & COMCAST SPORTSNET (CSN)

POWERPLAY 24 – PARR VS SMITH” BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 1

August 29, 2014

GFL and Comcast SportsNet continue their weekly combat sports series, REAL FIGHTS, with World Championship Kickboxing as Power Play Promotions presents PowerPlay 24 – Parr VS Smith from the famous Melbourne Pavilion in Melbourne, Australia. The full rules Muay Thai card is anchored by a long-awaited title fight that is sure to live up to the hype.

In the main event, for the WKA World Title, John Wayne Parr and Toby Smith. JWP has cemented himself as the best current Muay Thai fighter in Australia. JWP is much bigger and stronger than Smith and experience will also be a factor. JWP understands how to win fights against all types of opponents and will fight a very intelligent fight against a younger and more aggressive fighter in Smith. Smith is coming up the ranks and is now in a position to challenge JWP. If Smith goes in too aggressive at Wayne trying to outwork him he may walk into some hard shots and well placed traps. Smith will need to fight a very technical fight if he wants to keep pace with JWP. Expect these two Australians to go for broke and hold nothing back.

In the co-main event, Brent Dames battles Simon Coutsouvellis. Both are fast starters so don’t blink. There will be plenty of fireworks in this bout!

In other action, Steve Baldachinno fights Moulay Bekkali. Baldachinno is an experienced vet going against the blue chip prospect Bekkali. This will be Bekkal’s toughest test to date. Will he pass or fail?

Air times are listed below:

The Comcast Network (TCN) (Mid Atlantic): Monday, September 1 at 7:00pm ET

TCN Replay (Philly): Tuesday, September 2 at 7:00pm ET

TCN Replay (Mid Atlantic): Wednesday, September 3 at 9:00pm ET

TCN Replay (Philly): Thursday, September 4 at 10:30pm ET

TCN Replay (Mid Atlantic): Saturday, September 6 at 1:00pm ET

TCN Replay (Mid Atlantic): Sunday, September 7 at 5:00pm ET

CSN Philadelphia: Thursday, September 4 at 7:00pm ET

CSN Philadelphia: Sunday, September 7 at 8:00pm ET

CSN regions in other major markets including CSN Northwest and CSN Bay Area will also be airing PowerPlay 24 in the weeks and months to follow. In addition, close to 25 cable and satellite systems carry CSN and because of that wide distribution across numerous regions and even nationally via satellite, GFL REAL FIGHTS is available on additional platforms.

To stay connected with GFL and this unique fight series, visit these TCN & CSN online locations for up-to-the-date programming info.

The Comcast Network http://www.csnphilly.com/page/tcn

CSN Philadelphia http://www.csnphilly.com/ontv/listings

CSN Washington http://www.csnwashington.com/ontv

CSN Baltimore http://www.csnbaltimore.com/ontv

CSN New England http://www.csnne.com/pages/oncsn

CSN Northwest http://www.csnnw.com/ontv

CSN Bay Area http://www.csnbayarea.com/ontv

Upcoming Events on Comcast

9/1: PowerPlay 24: Parr VS Smith (kickboxing)

9/8: Broadway Boxing: Bone VS Figueroa (boxing)

9/15: CFFC 37 (MMA)

9/22: Joe Hand Promotions: Tuesday Night Fights 2 (boxing)

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House of Fame MMA – A New Dawn Preview

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House of Fame MMA presents “A New Dawn”, a 12-bout card on September 6 from Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. House of Fame MMA is the proving ground for all up and coming MMA fighters in the Northeast region of Florida and this card is sure to showcase future world champions.

In the main event, Kenneth Garner (12-6) battles Matt Kovacs (10-12) in a heavyweight slobber-knocker. Garner is an M-1 veteran, fighting for the top promotion in Russia since 2010. Garner is a well-rounded fighter who brings one-punch KO power into the cage and has also worked on his ground game tirelessly adding another element to his overall skill set. Garner is a huge heavyweight but he fights like a middleweight as his cardio conditioning lets him set a fast pace right from the onset. Kovacs is built like a brick house and brings a solid wrestling game into the cage. Kovacs will no doubt look to get the fight to the ground where he can close the distance and try to work some ground and pound from the top position. Kovacs has continued to work on his game in the last few years and picked up a win over former UFC Champion Maurice Smith back in 2013. Expect someone to get knocked out in this fight as it will be a barnburner.

In the co-main event, Andrew Whitney (9-3) fights Chino Duran (8-7). Whitney is an aggressive fighter who uses strong wrestling and takedowns to stymie his opponents’ offense. Whitney is strong in top control and can end fights with his elbows and punches from that position as well as via tapout as he is an expert grappler. Duran is a technical striker and very aggressive on the mat, always looking to grapple for submission. Duran is a high risk-high reward fighter who always finds himself in the fight of the night. A win here against Whitney would be the biggest win of Duran’s career. Look for Duran to come out right from the get go and try and earn the respect of Whitney with his striking.

Don’t miss this electrifying event featuring Florida’s finest MMA athletes competing in front of a packed house.   Watch all of the fights LIVE on September 6 as House of Fame MMA presents “A New Dawn”on pay-per-view only at GFL.tv!

Valor C-Series-6 Preview

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“Valor C-Series-6” is ready to deliver a wild night of fights on GFL.tv from Hobart, Tasmania. Fighters from Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia will collide on this stacked card. This 9-bout card is sure to have plenty of bone crunching action and jaw dropping moments to excite any combat sports fan. Order this iPPV now to see the top fighters of the Commonwealth of Australia.

Scheduled to compete in a 79kg bout, Stu Dare (3-4) takes on Hoshi Friedrich (1-1). Dare fights with a high risk-high reward style and loves to stand and bang in the center of the ring. Dare brings a cement jaw into the bout and will look to walk Friedrich down, even if that means absorbing punishment and mix it up. Friedrich is coming off of a tough decision loss and looks to change that with a decisive win here. Friedrich has his back against the wall as he is just starting out his career and doesn’t want to fall below .500. Expect a shootout from both fighters who have something to prove.

David Simmons (1-1) and Perrin Meir-Anderson (1-0) battle it out in the 70kg division. Simmons is an expert grappler with a strong wrestling base, but also likes to throw hands and is dangerous from anywhere in the cage. He is a grinder and both of his fights have gone to decision. He is looking to impose his will and get the fight down to the mat where his ground and pound can be utilized. Meir-Anderson is a KO artist who won his first fight via knockout in the first round. Meir-Anderson will look to avoid the takedown and keep the fight standing and potshot Simmons from a distance leading to a combo that will put his lights out. This contrast in styles will make for an exciting fight.

Kahn Sandy (1-1) fights Stephan Friedrich (0-1) in a 77kg bout. Sandy looks to improve on his last fight where he won a decisive victory. Sandy has shown an ability to put his foot on the gas for a full fight and not let up. His cardio condition could be the determining factor in this fight. If he is on point, he will be able to push Friedrich into making a mistake. Friedrich is looking for his first win and has trained with a new focus for this fight. Friedrich is a gamer and will be ready for anything that Sandy can throw at him. If Friedrich can let his hands go and connect early and often, this fight could be fight of the night.

Order “Valor C-Series-6” and see the rising stars of the Commonwealth of Australia as these gladiators go to battle with gold on the line. Order now and own it for life!

Havoc 6 Preview

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One of Canada’s top MMA promotions returns to GFL as Havoc Fighting presents “Havoc 6” from the Sheraton Event Centre in Red Deer, Alberta. The action packed 12-bout pro/am card will feature an amateur title fight along with several top shelf pro and amateur bouts. Havoc Fighting is the top proving ground for rising prospects in Western Canada and these gladiators will all come to battle.

In the main event, in the featherweight division, Luis Huete (5-1) battles Wolfgang Janssen (3-0). Every fight Huete has been in has ended via submission. Huete is very active on the ground and it’s not secret what he wants to do once the fight hits the mat. Huete is always looking to finish the fight and his fighting style has made him one of the most beloved fighters in the region. Janssen comes into the bout undefeated and is just as proficient on the ground as he has finished all 3 of his fights via tapout. Look for Janssen to be right there ready to go hold for hold on the mat with Huete. This should be a chess match if and when it hits the canvas.

In the co-main event, in a light heavyweight battle, Devon Neis (5-3) fights Nick Campbell (5-5). Neis has 4 wins via stoppage and has shown an ability to win by ground and pound and submissions. Neis is a strong wrestler and can dictate where the fight goes. Look for Neis to start out striking and go for a double leg takedown to get the fight to the mat where he can use his ground and pound. Campbell is a veteran to MMA and has fought all over the Great White North taking on all comers. Campbell fights with a high risk-high reward style as only 1 of his 10 fights have ever gone to decision. Expect fireworks from Campbell from the opening bell.

In the amateur ranks, for the Havoc Heavyweight Title, Chris Lafantasie (4-0) fights Jamie Smyth (3-1). Lafantasie is a heavy hitter, ending all of his fights via KO or TKO in the first round. Lafantasie comes to destroy his opponent and do so while taking minimal damage himself. Lafantasie is always on the offensive and likes to bully his opponent from the opening bell. Smyth has never been to the third round and has shown a well-rounded game for a big man as he has good submissions to go along with his hands. Look for explosions from this fight from the first minute as one of these gladiators is going home with gold.

Don’t miss this electrifying event featuring Western Canada’s finest MMA athletes as Havoc Fighting presents “Havoc 6” in front of a packed house. Havoc Fighting always produces great fights and this event will be no different. Order this event now at GFL.tv.

Bounded Fist 7 Preview

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Bounded Fist returns to GFL ready to deliver a great night of Muay Thai action with “Bounded Fist Muay Thai 7” on August 30 live at Arizona Event Center in Mesa, Arizona. The stacked card is going to feature the top stars in the region as they put their honor on display inside the ring with multiple titles on the line.

In the main event, for the USMTA Dual State Title, Champion Jason Davis (7-1) from Best Muay Thai (AZ) battles Jason Mussay (24-9) from PHD Athletics (NV) in a 135 lb championship bout. Davis is an accurate striker who chooses his spots well throughout a fight. He relies on pinpoint accuracy and is able to build up a lead that he rarely ever loses. Mussay throws an assortment of combos as he is always looking to take the advantage in the ring from the opening round. Mussay is a feared striker that also has KO power and has never tasted defeat so this fight looks to be a cross border barnburner.

In the co-main event, for the USMTA Dual State Championship (137lb), Victor Alvarez (2-2) from Boxing Works takes on Jarrell Madrid (4-0) out of Kickers MMA. Alvarez is ready to bring home gold in this scrap. He is a brawler with an iron chin and never backs down. Alvarez is happy to traded strike for strike as he loves to stand in the pocket and bang. Madrid likes to attack from different angles and mix up his strikes going low with leg kicks and high with hooks and straights. Madrid is a scrappy fighter who has tons of cardio and continues to fight until the final bell. Expect this contrast in style to equal a very exciting matchup.

Don’t miss this awesome card. Order now to see the science of the eight limbs as “Bounded Fist Muay Thai 7” is sure to bring down the house in the sweltering Arizona night. If you can’t be there live on August 30, do the next best thing and watch the fights via iPPV on gfl.tv.

BRAWL INC – EVOLUTION PREVIEW

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Brawl Inc. returns to GFL as it presents “Evolution” emanating from the Radisson Hotel & Convention Center in Branson, Missouri on August 30. This card is stacked with all of the top fighters from the area looking to make a name for themselves to a worldwide audience. Watch the top, up and coming fighters from the region as Brawl Inc. makes a huge statement to a global audience only on GFL.tv.

In the main event, for the Brawl Inc. Heavyweight Championship, Jesse Jones (0-2) battles Rob Hall (5-0). Both fighters hit extremely hard and possess one-punch KO power. Jones and Hall have never been to a decision and fans shouldn’t expect one here either. Look for Jones to come out swinging for the fences and Hall to match Jones with haymakers of his own. This fight has all the makings for an explosive main event where someone will be getting knocked out in spectacular fashion.

In the co-main event, also in the heavyweight division, Josh Casper (0-0) of NWA Fight Club battles Brad Diaz (3-0) of Hybrid MMA. The winner of this fight will most likely be the new #1 contender in the heavyweight division and take on the winner of the main event. The stakes are high and both men know it. Casper is making his MMA debut so he is a bit of a wildcard while Diaz is a well-rounded fighter that has a solid ground game to go with his devastating power.

In other action, Brett Smith (0-0) takes on Arvin ‘the Animal’ Brad (1-4) in the light heavyweight division. Smith is looking to make a splash with his first fight and beating the more experienced Brad will do just that. Brad is looking to get his record to .500 and getting a win over Smith will be a huge step towards that goal.

You won’t find more BANG for your buck so order this thrilling event. Be sure to catch all of the action on August 30 with “Evolution” exclusively at GFL.tv.

2nd Installment of Tuesday Night Fights to take place on September 16 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia

Philadelphia (August 22, 2014)–After successful inaugural show, Tuesday Night Fights is back for the 2nd installment on Tuesday, September 16 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.

The show, which is promoted by Joe Hand Promotions and D and D Management is a pro-am show that will feature some of the best talent in the Philadelphia region.

Headlining the professional portion of the card will be undefeated Super Middleweight Derrick Webster battling Taneal Goyco in a bout scheduled for 6-rounds.

Webster of Glassboro, New Jersey has a record of 17-0 with 8 knockouts and is one of the top prospects in the area.

He has campaigned between Middleweight and Light Heavyweight but has settled in at Super Middleweight.

He has solid wins over Romaro Johnson, veterans Darnell Boone, Lester Gonzalez and his last bout when he won a 6-round unanimous decision over Michael Gbenga on May 30 in Philadelphia.

To say Goyco has been matched tough is an understatement. in his 14 pro fights (6-7-1, 3 KO’s) he has taken on 8 fighters that were undefeated at the time. He has wins over Dennis Morris (1-0); Frankie Filippone (14-2-1) and Jeremy Trussell (8-0). In his last bout the native of Philadelphia was stopped by John Magda (6-0) in four rounds on June 27 in Las Vegas.

Fresh off his exciting pro debut in the first Tuesday Night Fight’s card, Avery Sparrow (1-0) of Philadelphia will square off with Pedro Andres (1-3, 1 KO) of Bridgeton, NJ in a four round Featherweight bout.

Dante Wright of Philadelphia will make his pro debut against Lionel Charles (0-3) of New York in a four round Jr. Middleweight bout.

Wright was a 4-time Philadelphia District Golden Gloves and National PAL Tournament champion.

Jerome Conquest of Philadelphia will make his pro debut against William Harris (0-3) of Darby, PA in a Jr. Welterweight contest.

There will be 7-amateur bouts that will be a prelude to the professional card that will be headlined by national Golden Gloves champion Christian Carto and Eric Gordon in a 3-round bout in the 110-pound weight division.

Tickets for this great evening of boxing are $50 for reserved and $30 for General admission and can be purchased online at www.2300arena.com or by calling 215 364 9000.

The 2300 Arena is located at 2300 South Swanson Street (Corner of Swanson & Ritner).

GFL REAL FIGHTS Presents CFFC 38 on TCN & CSN Beginning August 25

GFL PRESENTS “REAL FIGHTS” ON THE COMCAST NETWORK (TCN) & COMCAST SPORTSNET (CSN)

CFFC 38” BEGINNING AUGUST 25

August 22, 2014

GFL and Comcast SportsNet continue their weekly combat sports series, REAL FIGHTS, with world class MMA as Cage Fury Fighting Championships returns to the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey to present CFFC 38. This event will showcase the top regional MMA stars along the Eastern seaboard including 3 title fights!

In the main event, for the CFFC Lightweight Title, Champion Paul Felder (7-0) looks to defend his title against Craig Johnson (6-2). Felder is an exciting fighter who brings a tremendous striking game into the cage. Felder is quickly making a name for himself because of his highlight reel KOs and will look to add another one to the list against Johnson. Johnson is a battle-tested fighter who comes into the title fight looking to pull off the upset and bring home the gold. Johnson needs to keep a safe distance from Johnson when he is not on the attack and try to get the fight to the mat and get Felder off of his feet. Expect fireworks from these two gladiators.

In the co-main event, for the vacant CFFC Welterweight Title, Jonavin Webb (6-0) takes on Dan Stittgen (9-3). Webb is still undefeated and has gotten better with each and every fight. Look for Webb to make this a brawl and close the distance and fight up close and personal. Stittgen is a great all-around fighter who can strike, wrestle and has a decent submission game. Both fighters are evenly matched and if this fight goes into the championship rounds, look for conditioning to play a huge factor because both men are going to come at each other full blast.

For the CFFC Featherweight Title, Champion Levan Makashvili (8-0) takes on the durable Alexandre Bezerra (16-3) in a fight insiders have been clamoring for, for months. Makashvili is a great submission specialist, while Bezerra prefers to stand and strike. The question of this fight will be who will win the clinch as if Makashvili can get the fight to the mat he will have a huge advantage. If Bezerra can keep the fight standing he will be able to score with huge shots and slow down the shots of Makashvili.

Air times are listed below:

The Comcast Network (TCN) (all zones): Monday, August 25 at 7:00pm ET

TCN Replay (Philly): Thursday, August 28 at 9:00pm ET

TCN Replay (Mid Atlantic): Friday, August 29 at 9:00pm ET

TCN Replay (Philly): Saturday, August 30 at 5:30pm ET

TCN Replay (Mid Atlantic): Saturday, August 30 at 11:00pm ET

TCN Replay (Mid Atlantic): Sunday, August 31 at 3:00pm ET

CSN Philadelphia: Thursday, August 2 at 7:00pm ET

CSN Philadelphia: Sunday, August 31 at 8:00pm ET

CSN regions in other major markets including CSN Northwest and CSN Bay Area will also be airing CFFC 38 in the weeks and months to follow. In addition, close to 25 cable and satellite systems carry CSN and because of that wide distribution across numerous regions and even nationally via satellite, GFL REAL FIGHTS is available on additional platforms.

To stay connected with GFL and this unique fight series, visit these TCN & CSN online locations for up-to-the-date programming info.

The Comcast Network http://www.csnphilly.com/page/tcn

CSN Philadelphia http://www.csnphilly.com/ontv/listings

CSN Washington http://www.csnwashington.com/ontv

CSN Baltimore http://www.csnbaltimore.com/ontv

CSN New England http://www.csnne.com/pages/oncsn

CSN Northwest http://www.csnnw.com/ontv

CSN Bay Area http://www.csnbayarea.com/ontv

Upcoming Events on Comcast

8/25: CFFC 38 (MMA)

9/1: PowerPlay 24: Parr VS Smith (kickboxing)

9/8: CFFC 40 (MMA)

9/15: Broadway Boxing: Bone VS Figueroa (boxing)

9/22: Joe Hand Promotions: Tuesday Night Fights 2 (boxing)

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IS MIKE JONES’ CAREER AT STAKE VS. JAIME HERRERA?

August 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Story by Lem Satterfield, of The Ring Magazine

Former title challenger Mike Jones has new trainers for his return to the ring against Jaime Herrera on Friday in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Event Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This will be Jones’ first fight in over two years.
In June 2012, Jones (26-1, 19 knockouts) was stopped by Randall Bailey in the 11th round of his failed bid to earn the IBF’s vacant welterweight title.
After falling to Bailey, Jones relocated to Henderson, Nevada, near Las Vegas, and settled on Miguel Diaz and Ismael Salas after working with a variety of trainers, including Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Eddie Mustafa Muhammad.
“Boxing is a mental game just as much as a physical one. When we first worked with Mike for this fight, we talked for a long time and worked on renewing his fighting spirit,” said Salas, who has worked with 10 titleholders as well as Jessie Vargas.
“He is a great fighter and he needs to think that, when he walks into the ring, he will be a powerful force. Mike is very strong and hits hard.  He is in top condition. Just look at him. After two years off, you will see what hard work and mental toughness did for Mike. He’s ready to fight.”
Jones concurred.
“I like Ismael Salas and Miguel Diaz because they bring a positive attitude into the situation every time I come into the gym. We’ve pretty much gone back to the basics and worked on the things that work and we’re not trying to over-complicate things,” said Jones.
“They’re very knowledgeable in boxing and they’be been around a long time. Ismael Salas has trained a lot of world champions and Miguel Diaz, his name speaks for itself. So, I’m happy with the relationship we’ve got.”
For his fight with Bailey, Jones had requested eight-ounce gloves, contending that he wanted to face the very best of the fighter known for his powerful, lights-out right hand. Bailey was trailing by four, six and eight points on the judges’ cards and getting outboxed when he dropped Jones with right hands in the 10th and 11th rounds.
Jones attempted to rise but fell face-first back to the canvas and referee Tony Weeks waved an end to the fight at 2:52 of the 11th. Prior to facing Bailey, Jones had overcome rugged Sebastian Lujan by unanimous decision in December 2011, ending the Argentine slugger’s 12-fight winning streak.
“Mike’s career is at stake and from what I’ve heard, he is really pumped up about it. He needs to be the fighter that he once was but a little more aggressive this time,” said promoter J Russell Peltz.
“Mike is only a fight or two away from being right back in the mix with all of those welterweights that you see on the major pay stations, like the Shawn Porters and the Kell Brooks and the Mike Alvarados and the Ruslan Provodnikovs and all those guys. He could be right back in there with one, if not two, good outings.”
Herrera (11-2, 6 KOs), of Franklin Park, Ill., has won his last four fights and stopped previously unbeaten Michael Finney in five rounds in March, Herrera’s most-recent fight. Herrera’s last lost came in February 2012 when he was outpointed by Adrian Granados.
“I’m back now and I want to work. I let go of my pride and I’m ready to go. It’s not like it’s the perfect time but I’m ready to get right back into the boxing scene because it’s really hot right now in the welterweight division. I feel like I’m only one great performance away from a title shot, the way that the game is right now,” said Jones.
“I’m going to be in against a tough kid and he comes to fight. He wants to try to wear you down and throw a lot of shots. He’s a good fighter. I just want to go in there and give my absolute best, which is something that I haven’t done in a few fights. I just want to get back to doing what I’ve been doing and doing my best, the way that I started.”

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