Jones Destroys Hall, Retains Heavyweight Title

Published May 14th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

America's undisputed light heavyweight champion Roy Jones Jnr put on a powerful display of punching power, dominating Jamaica's Richard Hall before stopping him in the 11th round in Indianapolis Saturday. 

Jones battered the WBA's mandatory contender, dropping him twice in the first round and hammering him throughout. Ten rounds of abuse caught up with the Jamaican in the 11th as Jones unleashed a barrage of power punches to the head and body. 

The left-handed challenger, who fell to 24-2 with 23 knockouts, had a 4 1/2 inch height advantage over Jones, however the 31-year old trapped Hall in a corner and landed half-a-dozen blows to the head before referee Larry Kelly stepped in with 79 seconds left in the round. 

"I expected this to be a tough fight, I knew he was a good fighter," said Jones, who improved to 42-1 with his 34th knockout. "I wanted to let him know that he was in there with the champ." 

By then Hall was virtually defenseless as he got worked into the champion's corner. "He (Hall) was in the fight. He was very resilient," Kelly said of why he didn't stop it sooner. "He was clearly losing the fight so that's why I stopped it when I did. He was in the fight by throwing punches back, and when I did stop the fight he objected. His corner didn't, but he did." 

"He shouldn't have stopped the fight. I was fine. We were in a fight," Hall commented through the AP - (Several Sources). 

 

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