Up-and-coming middleweight prospect Mike Jones and his opponent Irving Garcia both tipped the scales at 146.5 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in from the Atrium at Bally’s Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J. Philadelphia’s Jones (21-0, 17 KOs) will make his SHOWTIME debut against the tough Puerto Rican Garcia (17-4-3, 8 KOs) in the 12-round main event of Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation event live at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) on SHOWTIME®.
Miami’s Antwone Smith (18-1-1, 10 KOs) weighed in at 147.5 and the talented Lanardo Tyner (23-3, 14 KOs) of Houston, Texas, measured 148 pounds. The two will face off in a 10-round welterweight fight in the ShoBox co-feature.
Jones is ranked among the Top 10 welterweights by all four major world sanctioning bodies in one of boxing’s deepest divisions: No. 2 by the WBO, No. 3 by the WBA; No. 7 by the IBF and the WBC.
What the fighters had to say on Thursday:
“He’s (Garcia) a good fighter but I come to win.”
“I am in the best physical shape. I’m planning to give the fight of my life.”
“I wish him the best of luck. It should be a great, all-action fight.”