LAS VEGAS – Jesus Soto- Karass has the courage. Mike Jones has the skills.
Jones learned his lesson after his first meeting with Soto-Karass in November, when the unbeaten welterweight expended too much energy in an effort to stop his foe in the second round and was lucky to escape with a majority decision.
On the Fernando Montiel-Nonito Donaire undercard Saturday, Jones paced himself and outboxed the always-determined Soto-Karass to win an impressive unanimous decision. The judges scored it 115-113, 116-112 and 117-111. RingTV.com had it 117-111.
Once again, Soto-Karass (24-6-3, 16 knockouts) undoubtedly emerged with more fans in defeat than he had before the fight. The Mexican was cut above both eyes – badly above the left – in the third round and ate a lot of punches yet never stopped attacking, making it a competitive fight.
However, Jones (24-0, 18 KOs)boxed beautifully to control most of the 12 rounds, jabbing incessantly, stopping to throw effective combinations and then moving out of harm’s way when he had to.
To be sure, it wasn’t an easy fight for the Philadelphian. No fight against Soto-Karass is. Jones took many nasty body blows and some hard shots to the head.
This clearly was Jones’ night, though. He demonstrated the skills and athleticism he’s known for and added some toughness of his own against one of the roughest in the sport.