History Repeats Itself,Jones KO’d Again

By Francis Walker
Updated: September 27, 2004

Roy Jones

Roy Jones

NEW YORK, NY—Glen Johnson was supposed to be a tune up fight for Roy Jones. Johnson was supposed to have been durable, but slow enough to stumble to Jones’ dazzling speed and boxing skills. Johnson was used as a stepping stone to make Jones look invincible again after suffering the first career knockout loss to Antonio Tarver earlier this year. History repeated itself, as Johnson (41-9-2, 28 KOs) handed Jones (49-3, 38 KOs) his second consecutive career knockout loss. In attempt to regain his aura of invincibility along with Johnson’s IBF light heavyweight championship, Jones was knocked at 2:30 seconds in the ninth round. Johnson pressed Jones against the ropes from the opening bell throughout the entire fight. Johnson threw 437 punches to Jones’ 270.

Similar to his stunning two-round KO loss to Antonio Tarver in May, Jones clearly saw Johnson’s booming right heading toward his direction but did not have the reflexes he once had to move away. Jones appeared to be a sitting duck, as he instantly lay motionless on the mat after the KO-blow landed. Jones had to be helped back into the dressing room area where he left in an ambulance.

It is clear that Jones should retire. He has accomplished everything in the sport to the highest achievement. Why continue to fight risking serious injury? It’s time to retire.

Jones loss to Johnson hurts his legacy: Throughout his career, Jones was regarded as the best fighter in boxing and virtually unbeatable from 160-190 pounds.

Three years ago, Jones would have either KO’d Johnson or beaten him by decision easily. Throughout Jones’ career, he was always criticized for fighting opponents with good records but was labeled as “tomato cans.” That was not Jones’ fault.

Jones was very talented. He often lacked competition. No other fighter could match his power, speed, reflexes, and combination punching.

Jones spent his career searching for his archival the way Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, and Roberto Duran found each other.

It was difficult for Jones to find meaningful career-defining challenges which is why in March 2003, Jones, weighing at 190 pounds, became the first former middleweight contender in more than 100 years to win a world heavyweight title when he defeated 230-pound John Ruiz.

Jones was so talented that he actually returned to the light heavyweight division to win the WBC title in Nov. 2003 from Antonio Tarver in a very close battle to simultaneously hold the heavyweight and light heavyweight title to end 2003.

Jones was a clear lock for the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He was just a fight way from retiring at the top of his game, but only in a perfect world.

The reality is that Jones has become the latest of a slew of top fighters who have suffered devastating knockout losses past the age of thirty. Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya, and Evander Holyfield ruled boxing for nearly two decades. They should all retire.

Oscar De La Hoya on Sept. 18, suffered the biggest loss of his career by suffering his first knockout loss to world middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins.

Mike Tyson was KO’d by an unknown Danny Williams.

Evander Holyfield was TKO’d by James Toney.

Jones, who in April suffered a one-punch KO to Tarver in a rematch, Five years ago, De La Hoya, Tyson, Holyfield, and Jones were on top of the boxing world…not any more.