Unbeaten Philadelphia welterweight Mike Jones has hired strength and conditioning coach Richie Meudt to bolster his preparation for his upcoming bout against Argentina’s Sebastian Lujan, Jones’ trainer, Vaughn Jackson, told RingTV.com on Tuesday.
Jones (25-0, 19 KOs) 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 on Dec. 3.
Should Jones beat Lujan, he has been mentioneed as a potential opponent for THE RING’s No. 1 rated pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao, who must first take down THE RING lightweight beltholder Juan Manuel Marquez in defense of his WBO welterweight belt on Nov. 12.
Meudt said that he spends approximately two hours daily with Jones, whom he has worked with since early August.
“For Mike, the workouts are an emphasis on his legs, his abs and his whole upperbody. We’re doing compound movements and we’re doing ballistic movements with the kettle bells,” said Meudt, whose name is pronounced, “Might.”
“It’s a dynamic resistance. Basically, the emphasis with Mike is on speed and power, to ignite that. We’ll use a general movement involving eight-to-12 reps of exercise for endurance, power and strength. You will see a Mike Jones who is a lot quicker and a lot stronger and faster.”
Jackson said that he expects to see the best Jones yet against Lujan, whose 12-fight winning streak includes six knockouts. Lujan is coming off of a ninth-round stoppage of prospect Mark Melligan in July.
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.
“I definitely see a difference in Mike’s abilities. Mike is faster and he’s stronger — like 10 times stronger than when he fought Soto-Karass,” said Jackson. “He’s throwing better power punches, and his speed has jumped up tremendously on the whole upper body — the jab, the hooks, all of them. His footspeed. Everything has improved.”
Standing at slightly more than 6-foot tall, the 28-year-old Jones could enjoy a six-inch or more advantage in height over the 5-foot-6 Lujan.
“Speed kills,” said Jackson. “Plus, Lujan is shorter, so we want to see Mike to use his height and his distance and to just keep sliding around this guy.”
Meudt said that he was proposed to Jackson as an assistant for Jones’ training by Danny Davis, manager of the Joe Hand Gym in Philadelphia where Jones works out.
Davis was most recently in the news on Oct. 15 when he was in the corner of Dewey Bozella — who was released from prison in 2009 after serving 26 years of a wrongful conviction — guiding him to a victory in his pro boxing debut.
The 52-year-old Bozella won a unanimous decision over Larry Hopkins in a cruiserweight bout at The Staples Center in Los Angeles on the undercard of the light heavyweight title bout between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson on HBO Pay Per View.
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