G. Jones next for Braithwaite?

From press reports

19/09/2004

G. Jones next for Braithwaite?

According to the Mexican website Esto En Linea, Guillermo Jones of Panama will challenge Wayne Braithwaite on October 2, 2004 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden as part of the Felix Trinidad-Ricardo Mayorga undercard.  Braithwaite was scheduled to unify his WBC cruiserweight title with Jean-Mark Mormeck, holder of the WBA version of the 200-pound title.  However, Mormeck suffered an injury during training, which created an opening for Jones, the #8 cruiserweight in the world according to Boxingtalk.  Jones arguably should be the only man in boxing history to win world titles at junior middleweight and cruiserweight (all-time great Thomas Hearns won two bogus cruiser belts in the 1990s that are unworthy of recognition).  Jones probably should have had his hand raised after challenging WBA junior middle champ Laurent Boudouani in 1998 and WBO cruiser champ Johnny Nelson in 2002, but had to settle for a draw each time.  Jones got an immediate rematch against Bouduani and lost by split decision.  Although Jones is 3-0-1 since moving up to cruiser (he turned pro as a welterweight), Braithwaite is Boxingtalk’s #2 cruiserweight and represents a very difficult fourth try at a world title for Jones. Remeber where you heard it in English first! – Scott Shaffer