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Jones cruises past Bruseles


Mike Jones (right) had no trouble landing on Henry Bruseles on Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J. Photo / Tom Briglia-Top Rank

Mike Jones showed us what we’ve been missing.

The talented Philadelphia product, who has fought only occasionally on national TV, thoroughly outboxed former contender Henry Bruseles to win a unanimous decision in 10-round welterweight bout Thursday in Atlantic City, N.J.

The fight was broadcast on Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports en Espanol.

Jones (20-0, 16 knockouts) never hurt the rugged Puerto Rican but controlled the fight with a stiff jab and consistent hard, accurate rights, never allowing Bruseles to mount an effective attack.

The scores were 98-92, 98-92 and 97-92, an accurate reflection of Jones’ dominance.

And Bruseles (28-4-1, 15 KOs), Jones' most-accomplished opponent to date, was no pushover. He has been relatively inactive – this was his second fight in almost two years – but he had won seven in a row since he was stopped by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2005.

“I liked getting the rounds,” he said in the ring. “I'm going go against better competition later in my career. It's good to be able to get in some tough rounds against a veteran like Bruseles.”

This certainly wasn’t a break-through victory for Jones but it was a nice step and it undoubtedly opened more eyes to his abilities. And his opportunity to test his skills against a big-name opponent should come soon.

His handlers were negotiating a fight against Joshua Clottey when Manny Pacquiao came calling.

On the undercard, Kaizer Mabuza stunned Kendall Holt by stopping the former titleholder after six rounds in a junior welterweight title eliminator.

Mabuza (23-6-3, 14 KOs) began to pound Holt (25-4, 13 KOs) about three rounds into the fight. Holt didn't come out for Round 7.

Holt had lost a unanimous decision and his 140-pound belt to Timothy Bradley in his previous fight.

Mabuza, a South African, had never fought in the United States.

And, in a 10-round junior middleweight bout, Gabriel Rosado (13-4, 8 KOs) defeated Saul Roman (32-5, 27 KOs) by a split decision.