Although he's been out of sight, once-beaten welterweight contender Mike Jones has not been out of the gym and he's eager to get back in the ring as soon as possible. "I haven't fought because I haven't been proposed a fight where as though I was gonna get paid the money that I was looking for. But it's been almost 2 years now and I'm gonna have to go ahead and bite the bullet and take a fight. But I really didn't want to deal with the people that I was dealing with, but I guess I'm gonna have to," Jones commented as he explained the reason why he hasn't been seen inside the ring since losing for the first time in his career.
"I reached out to Russell Peltz. I would have liked to reach out to Top Rank, but see, with Top Rank and Russell Peltz, they actually quote 50/50 on my contract, so if I talk with Top Rank, they tell me I gotta talk with Russell Peltz. But I would have liked to talk with Top Rank and asked them to put me on a card out here in Vegas because they do a lot of cards out here. There is no give. They don't want to negotiate at all," he continued during a recent conversation with FightHype's own Percy Crawford. "So then I talk to Russell Peltz and Russell Peltz, there is no give there as well. He don't want to give me no extra money because I haven't fought in so long. It's like, 'Okay, give me a little bit of training money,' but there is no give. They don't want to give at all. I only lost one fight. I just feel that it was wrong for them to treat me the way that they treated me for losing one fight, and the one fight I lost was for a world title."
With no end in sight to his promotional issues, Jones is eager to put the past behind him in hopes of finally moving forward with his career. "I'm just so much of a better fighter; I just can't wait to get back in there and show everybody what's up," Jones added. "I have just been staying in the gym. Unfortunately, I gotta stay with the same promoter and fight out of that situation, but I gotta do what I gotta do. Most importantly is there is no negativity within myself, so none of that can bother me."
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