Welterweight prospect/contender Mike Jones of Philadelphia has been working for the first time with a strength and conditioning coach, as he prepares for his December 3 fight against Argentina's tough and battle-tested Sebastian Lujan. From Lem Satterfield:
"I definitely see a difference in Mike's abilities. Mike is faster and he's stronger -- like 10 times stronger than when he fought Soto-Karass," said [trainer Vaughn] Jackson. "He's throwing better power punches, and his speed has jumped up tremendously on the whole upper body -- the jab, the hooks, all of them. His footspeed. Everything has improved."
Jones (25-0, 19 KO) is coming off of back-to-back wins over Jesus Soto Karass in November 2010 and February 2011, and also had a win this summer over club fighter Raul Munoz at home in Philly. Lujan (38-5-2, 24 KO) defeated Mark Melligen on the July 1 edition of Friday Night Fights in one of the many great fights on the show this year.
At 5'6", Lujan will be a good six inches shorter than the six-foot tall Jones, who is one of the tallest and rangiest welterweights in the world. Lujan's the obvious underdog, and Top Rank probably wouldn't be putting him against Jones if they thought Jones could lose to him, but Lujan is a relentless, scrappy guy who takes a good shot and never gives up. He has great stamina and could really test Jones if Jones gets sloppy.
Jones and Lujan will meet on the Cotto vs Margarito pay-per-view.