Jones to Defend Light Heavyweight Crown

Published May 13th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

American Roy Jones Jnr looks to defend his undisputed light heavyweight crown against another nondescript challenger when he meets Jamaican Richard Hall Saturday night in the first title bout held at the Conseco Fieldhouse. 

Jones' speed and power, which has produced 33 knockouts on a 41-1 record, figure to be too much for the left-handed Hall. 

The challenger from Jamaica has a 24-1 record, with 23 knockouts.  

Jones, who is a former IBF middleweight and super middleweight champion, weighed in Friday at 173 1/2 pounds while Hall weighed in 174 1/2 pounds. 

In his last fight, Jones put on another boxing clinic as he schooled and danced his way to an easy victory over David Telesco at Radio City Music Hall in New York four months ago. 

It was revealed shortly after the fight that Jones had fought the entire match with a broken left wrist, an injury he had sustained in a motorcycle accident three weeks prior to the match. 

In the prime of his career, 31-year old Jones continues to search for a formidable foe. 

His lone loss came in March 1997 when he lost his WBC light heavyweight belt via ninth-round disqualification against Montell Griffin. 

Jones avenged the defeat just five months later with a first round knockout of Griffin to regain the WBC title - (Several Sources). 

 

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