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Atlantic City, NJ (August 23, 2014) – Out of the prize ring for 26 months since his devastating knockout loss to Randall Bailey, former welterweight world title challenger Mike “Machine Gun” Jones (26-1, 19 KOs) had largely fallen out of the public eye.
Jaime Herrera (11-2, 6 KOs) stopped Jones after 7 completed rounds.
From the onset you could tell Jones’ timing was off but Herrera did little to make him pay for it in the preliminary stages.
However, what Jones didn’t lose in his time away from the ring was power.
His left hook scored him a knockdown at the end of round 2 and another one at the start of round 3.
He’s progressed well since his 8-round war with Adrian Granados.
In the co-feature of the evening Thomas “Cornflake” La Manna (14-0, 7 KOs) edged Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis (14-11-1, 6 KOs) in Cornflake’s biggest test to date.
Official scores read 79-73, 78-74, and 78-73, but there was little to split the two warriors in multiple rounds.
BC had the fight 77-76 for La Manna, scoring the first 3 rounds for Davis, 4-5 & 7-8 for La Manna, and the 6 round that La Manna demonstrated that he knew how to make good use of his height and reach advantages.
Unfortunately for Jones, shortly following the 2 knockdown a cut opened outside of one of his eyes and the complexion of the fight forever changed.
Initially it was thought to be the result of a head clash but after seeing Jones take more and more punishment, without his corner asking to stop the fight, it became clear that the major laceration on his face was ruled due to a punch.
Jones was ahead on official scorecards 66-65 at the time the ringside physician pulled the plug.