Mike Jones gets strength coach; Crolla vs. Limond weigh-in tomorrow night

mike jonesPhiladelphia, PA—Undefeated welterweight contender Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, who faces two-time world title challenger Sebastian Lujan, of Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, in an International Boxing Federation (IBF) world title eliminator on the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito card Dec. 3 at Madison Square Garden, has added another strength and conditioning coach to his team.

Rich Meudt, 54, who has been conditioning athletes in various sports for the last 27 years, has been working with Jones for the last two months.

“When Mike started working with me he looked like a new-born calf,” said Meudt, a retired major after a 22-year stint in the Army. “Now he’s a strong bull. His legs are firmer, stronger and explosive. His balance, conditioning and endurance are excellent. He does everything I ask him to do and he exceeds all expectations.”

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Meudt was brought on board by fellow-Jones strength and conditioning coach Danny Davis, who has worked with Jones for the last several years and who is also well-known for his longtime association with Bernard Hopkins.

“I brought Rich in to focus on Mike’s legs and conditioning,” said Davis. “Rich has done a great job, bringing in his expertise and knowledge. Mike looks very strong and sharp and he’s a hard worker who wants to go to the highest level and never complains about what he’s asked to do. That’s what makes a champion.”

Jones has responded well to the rigors of the grueling sessions.

“It’s very important to do different things each and every time so that I get a little bit better for each fight,” said Jones, a workout fanatic known for his long training and fitness sessions. “I feel more stable and better balanced. My legs are a lot stronger than they were. That will make me a better fighter and more dynamic as a puncher. I’m in the best shape ever. I believe it’s (the workouts) going to pay dividends on December 3.”

Not satisfied with just adding a new conditioning coach, Jones, who stays in excellent shape and watches what he eats, also added Amy West, a weight management nutritionist, to assist him in getting the most out of his daily eating routine.

The Mike Jones-Sebastian Lujan IBF eliminator is part of the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito II world championship telecast, which begins at 9 pm (EST)/6 pm (PT). It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View and will be available to more than 292 million pay-per-view homes. The telecast will be available in HDTV for those who can receive HD. HBO Pay-Per-View, a division of Home Box Office, Inc., is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry.


British Lightweight Champion Anthony Crolla and challenger Willie Limond weighed in today for their big fight tomorrow night at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Centre in Motherwell.

The fight will televised live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Platform Ch. 456).

Crolla was spot-on the lightweight limit of 9st 9lbs, while challenger Limond weighed in slightly under at 9st 8lb 12oz.

Manchester ace Crolla said, "I've hit the weight bang-on and now I can't wait for tomorrow night. I've trained the hardest I've ever trained for this fight because Limond is good, dangerous, fighter and I'm not underestimating him. The fans' are in for a great fight and then afterwards we'll shake hands and maybe have a good drink!"

Limond, from Glasgow, said, "It's all down to tomorrow night now and the best man is going to win. Crolla's the champion and I've got to take that title from him. We're putting friendship aside for 36 minutes and it's going to be a good fight between two of the best in the division.

Matthew Hall and Kris Carslaw also weighed-in for their Official Eliminator for the British Light-Middleweight Championship. Manchester's Hall came in at 10st 13lb 12oz and Paisley's Carslaw weighed 10st 13lb 8oz.



Forty five quarter-finals will be decided at the National Intermediate Championships at Dublin's National Stadium this Friday and Saturday.

The Championships resume at 6.30 pm on Friday with a last-eight curtain raiser between Stephen Carroll and Jamie Kennedy in the only light-welterweight contest of the session.

Paul Upton meets Petro Ursu in the second Ulster versus Leinster clash of the night, followed by flyweight duels between Gavan McComb and Stephen Treacy and Hughie Myres and Limerick's Myles Casey.

A very competitive looking bantamweight division sees Jason Smith, Paul McGrath, Gary McKenna, Orin McDermott, Joel Scullion, Michael Nevin, Carl McDonald and Patrick Nevin fight for places in the last-four.

The George Bates versus Gerard Matthews featherweight three-rounder has the potential to be one of the bouts of the weekend, while William Keane, who meets Paddy Joyce, will be one of three boxers from the Riverstown BC in Cork in action at the weekend.

Liam Hanrahan and Ryan Peake contest the first of the 57Kg deciders and Christopher Nevin faces Alan O'Connor, while James Tennyson and Barry O'Hara go head-to-head in an all-Ulster 60Kg affair.

Ciaran Keogh, Anthony Upton, Jason Conroy and Jason Scully will also be in action in the 60Kg class.

The Championships semi-finals will be decided on December 2nd and 3rd.

The finals will be held on Friday, December 9th.


2011 National Intermediate Championships National Stadium Dublin

Friday November 25th (6.30pm)

64Kg: S Carroll (Drimnagh) v J Kennedy (Toome)
67Kg: P Upton (Holy Family) v P Ursu (Lucan)
51Kg: G McComb (Immaculata) v S Treacy (Ryston)
51Kg: H Myres (Ryston) v M Casey (OLOL)
54Kg: J Smith (Blessington) v P McGrath (Ballincarrow)
54Kg: G McKenna (Smithboro) v O McDermot (Finn Valley)
54Kg: J Scullion (All Saints) v M Nevin (Portlaoise)
54Kg: C McDonald (Golden Cobra) v P Nevin (Sparticus)
57Kg: L Hanrahan (Holy Family) v R Peake (Ballyhaunis)
57Kg: G Bates (St Mary's) v G Matthews (St Pauls)
57Kg: W Keane (Riverstown) v P Joyce (Ryston)
57Kg: C Nevin (Holy Family) v A O'Connor (Palmerstown)
60Kg: C Keogh (St Saviours) v A Upton (Holy Family GG)
60Kg: J Conroy (Crumlin) v J Scully (Portlaoise)
60Kg: J Tennyson (St Pauls) v B O'Hara (Immaculata)

Saturday November 26th (2pm)
91Kg: A Grakalskis (Springhill) v P Ward (St Pats Tribes)
91Kg: D Tourish (Twin Towns) v G McDonagh (St Annes)
60Kg: C Forwrad (Dockers) v D Fitzgerald (St Pauls)
64Kg: K Loonam (St Carthages) v J Quigley (St Pauls)
64Kg: D Roche (Riverstown) v S Mulholland (St Malachys)
64Kg: S Coughlan (Bray) v N McFeeley (St Canices)
67Kg: A Brady (Dunfanaghy) v R Flanaghan (Pegasus)
67Kg: M Wall (Crumlin) v M Fitzpatrick (Riverstown)
67Kg: N Murphy (Macroom) W//O
71kg: N Sommers (St Matthews) v K Roche (St Michaels)
71Kg: C Tighe (Ballincarrow) v C Joyce (St Michael's Athy)
71Kg: L Green (Ballincarrow) v J Dowling (Paulstown)
71Kg: G Griffin (Corpus Christi) v E Brennan (Corinthians)
75Kg; M Reilly (Holy Family) v E Tighe (Ballincarrow)
75Kg: S Egan (Bracken) v C Blaney (Navan)
75Kg: A Meli (Immaculata) v E Byrne (Wexford CBS)
75Kg: J McDonagh (Olympic) v B Roe (Dublin Docklands)

Saturday November 26th (7pm)
81Kg:T McGoldrick (Holy Trinity) v M Frayne St Marys)
81Kg:JP Delaney (Immaculata) v D Ramsey (Ligoniel)
81Kg: J Carvello (Monkstown) v T Roohan (Ballincarrow)
81Kg: C Flynn St Marys) v E Walsh (St Annes)
85Kg: N Healy (Bantry) v R Seredjuks (Golden Cobra)
85Kg: M McDonagh (Dealgan) v D O'Driscoll (Dungloe)
85Kg: C Tohill (St John Bosco) v C O'Griofa (Conamara)
85Kg: K Holmes (Geesala) v G Sweeney (Mike Flaherty)
91Kg: B Keegan (Bray) v A Hanley (Bray)
91Kg: W Close (Abbey) v K Sikora (St Francis)
91+Kg: M Kaliec (St Colmans) v M McDonagh (Olympic)
91+Kg: C Devanney (Dockers) v R |Kraska (Portlaoise)
91+Kg: A O'Griofa (Conamara) v JP Rea (St John Bosco)

Article posted on 24.11.2011

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