Middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin could soon defend his WBO title against promotional stablemate Danny Jacobs.
Jones-Lujan winner could face Bailey for vacant IBF belt
Should Mike Jones get beyond Sebastian Lujan on Dec. 3, he could fight Randall Bailey for the IBF welterweight belt vacated by Andre Berto.
Unbeaten Philadelphia welterweight Mike Jones will face Argentina's Sebastian Lujan for the No. 1 spot in the IBF's ratings, with the winner to meet IBF No. 2-rated Randall Bailey for the organization's belt that was recently vacated by Andre Berto.
Currently THE RING's No. 8 welterweight, Jones (25-0, 19 knockouts) will meet Lujan (38-5-2, 24 KOs) at Madison Square Garden in New York City on the undercard of the HBO Pay Per View-televised Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito rematch on Dec. 3.
Jones has also been mentioned as a potential opponent for THE RING's No. 1 rated pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao (53-2-3, 38 KOs), who is currently engaged to face Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs) in defense of his WBO welterweight belt on Saturday night.
Berto (28-1, 22 KOs) has announced that he is vacating his IBF belt in favor of a shot at revenge against RING No. 3-rated Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs), who dethroned Berto as WBC titleholder by unanimous decision in April.
Berto and Ortiz could meet on Jan. 28 at a site to be determined as part of a targeted HBO broadcasted welterweight double-header that would include former WBC/IBF junior welterweight titleholder Devon Alexander (22-1, 13 KOs) against former IBF junior welterweight beltholder Paulie Malignaggi. (30-4, 6 KOs).
The 28-year-old Berto rebounded from his loss to Ortiz by dethroning Jan Zaveck (31-2, 18 KOs) as IBF titleholder by fifth-round knockout in September, stopping Zaveck for the first time in his career.
Ortiz then lost WBC crown in September following a fourth-round knockout loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0, 26 KOs), THE RING's No. 2-rated pound-for-pound.
The IBF's mandatory challenger to Berto had been Bailey (42-7, 36 KOs), a winner of his past three welterweight fights, one of them by knockout, since himself being stopped by Juan Urango in the 11th-round of a failed bid to earn the IBF's junior welterweight title in August of 2009.
"We were thinking that Berto was going to fight Bailey, and then the winner of the Jones-Lujan fight was going to fight the [Berto-Bailey] winner for the title," said IBF Championships Chairman Lindsay Tucker.
"As soon as the Jones-Lujan fight is over, we'll send out an order for them to start negotiations with Bailey. If they reach an agreement, fine. If not, then we'll go to a purse bid and go from there."
HBO was not interested in purchasing Berto against Bailey, who is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision over Yoryi Estrella in September.
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