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Q&A: Lujan brings a rugged style to Jones fight
Former welterweight title challenger Sebastian Lujan plans to take the fight to RING-rated Mike Jones on the Cotto-Margarito undercard on Saturday night.
NEW YORK -- RingTV.com caught up to rugged Argentine slugger Sebastian Lujan, who plans to wage an inside battle against unbeaten welterweight contender Mike Jones in Saturday night's HBO Pay Per View-televised clash at soldout Madison Square Garden.
The 31-year-old Lujan (38-5-2, 24 knockouts) will pursue his 13th straight win and his seventh knockout during that run against the 28-year-old Jones (25-0, 19 KOs), whom he is fighting for the No. 1 spot in the IBF's ratings with the winner meeting IBF No. 2-rated Randall Bailey (42-7, 36 KOs) for the organization's belt that was recently vacated by Andre Berto.
Jones is coming off a second-round knockout of Raul Munoz, which was accomplished in June before his hometown fans at the South Philly Arena. Prior to Munoz, Jones battled through consecutive majority and unanimous decisions over Jesus Soto Karass in February and June.
Jones stands 6-foot tall, giving him a six-inch advantage in height over the 5-foot-6 Lujan, who is coming off a ninth-round knockout of Mark Melligan in July.
Lujan spent time preparing for Jones by training alongside Margarito, Soto Karass and RING No. 1-rated lightweight and WBA beltholder Brandon Rios (28-0-1), who will defend his belt on Saturday night's card opposite Johnny Murray (31-1, 18 KOs).
Lujan discussed his preparation and his plans for Jones in this Q&A below.
Translated by Robert Garcia.
RingTV.com: Do you have an answer for Jones' strategy should he decide to box and stay on the end of his jab?
I'm glad that we fought against somebody like Margarito at that point in my career, because that fight set me up for the rest of my career.
It brought me a lot of attention to get into some decent fights later on and ultimately I'm still here doing well.
RingTV.com: How helpful was your training in Mexico alongside Margarito, Rios and others like Soto Karass?
Jones is goingt to have to be prepared to get in there and fight. Because Soto Karass told me some things. Soto Karass told me to stay on him.
He said, "stay on him, stay on him," because he doesn't like that. I know that Jones doesn't like to fight that way, but we do. We do like to fight lke that.
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