The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
Roy Jones, Jr. Receives, Pound-For-Pound, Best Beating In the World
Originally posted 5/17/2004

Tarver administers Jones's pound-for-pound best beating
LAS VEGAS - Roy Jones, Jr. lost the WBC light heavyweight title Saturday night at Mandalay Bay, receiving from Antonio Tarver what many boxing experts consider to be, pound-for-pound, the best beating in the world.

Tarver knocked Jones out with a left to the face at 1:41 in the second round to hand Jones only his second career defeat as a professional. "We've seen some beatings before," said HBO Boxing's Larry Merchant, "but this one has to rank up there, pound-for-pound, with the best ever."

Jones, who defeated Tarver in a controversial decision six months ago, has moved up to fight in the heavyweight division in the past but had to lose weight to fight Tarver again. "I thought I was ready for him," Jones said. "I mean, I lost the weight and everything. Maybe it wasn't a good idea to live off of nothing but Red Bull and cigarettes for three weeks, but, I'm Roy Jones, Jr., you know? I didn't think it would matter."

Jones has been a well-known figure since he was robbed of a gold medal in the 1988 Seoul Olympics in what was, pound-for-pound, the worst sporting injustice ever. The incident made Jones a household name in the boxing world, however, and he proceeded to make what many consider to be the best pound-for-pound capitalization on getting screwed out of a gold medal ever.

"The Roy Jones, Jr. era is over," Tarver said after the fight. "Right now, I'm the WBC light heavyweight champion, and all he is is the best pound-for-pound has-been boxer who stayed around too long and kept fighting when he should have retired."

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