Garcia will return to ring in August

Posted: June 20, 2014

World light-welterweight champion Danny Garcia of Juniata Park will return to action Aug. 9 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The 26-year-old will defend his unified titles for likely the last time before moving up seven pounds to the 147-pound welterweight division. His opponent is to be announced. It will be Garcia's third bout at the Barclays Center and his seventh championship fight.

Garcia (28-0, 16 knockouts) opened his 10-week training camp three weeks ago at his gym on Jasper Street. With a win, he will remain a possible opponent for welterweight champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May 2015.

Garcia's likely plan would be to fight once at welterweight before meeting Mayweather. The August date allows Garcia the time to schedule that bout.

In his last fight, Garcia scored a majority decision over Mauricio Herrera on March 15 in Puerto Rico. The challenger broke Garcia's nose in the ninth round with a straight left hand, but the champion controlled the later rounds.

Jones is back

Former welterweight contender Mike Jones will end a 26-month layoff and return to the ring on Aug. 23.

The 31-year-old from Mount Airy has not fought since being knocked out in May 2012 by Randall Bailey in a fight for the vacant International Boxing Federation title. Jones (26-1, 19 knockouts) will meet Jaime Herrera (11-2, six KOs) at Bally's Atlantic City.

Against Bailey, Jones was well ahead on all three scorecards when he was knocked down late in the 10th round with a straight right hand. In the final seconds of the 11th round, Bailey connected with a thudding right uppercut to end the fight.

Afterward, Jones broke contact with his trainer, promoter, and manager. The fighter declined several matches. He pulled out of a fight last summer after tickets were printed with his name on them. His promoter, Russell Peltz, was directed to negotiate future bouts with Jones' lawyer.

"Two years late for work, but it's better late [than] never," Jones said in a statement. ". . . I've always stayed in shape. I've been ready to fight for some time, but I didn't like the terms. I cannot wait forever."


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