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Sunday, 8 September, 2002, 04:21 GMT 05:21 UK
Awesome Jones outclasses Woods
World light-heavyweight champion Roy Jones retained his WBC, IBF and WBA titles against Britain's Clinton Woods
Roy Jones gaves Clinton Woods a masterclass
World light-heavyweight champion Roy Jones retained his WBC, IBF and WBA titles against Britain's Clinton Woods in Portland on Saturday.

The fight was stopped in the sixth round when Woods' corner asked referee Jay Nady to end the bout one minute 29 seconds into the round.

"I'm a bad dude," Jones said after the fight.

"I stayed focused and kept going. No disrespect to him, but I had a little fun tonight.


People said he [Woods] was a bum, but he's got a huge heart
Roy Jones

Jones, 33, opened his light heavyweight title defence with a flamboyant dancing and rapping exhibition in the stands.

When the fight finally got underway, Jones dominated from his first punch - a left hook that shook the head of Woods.

He continued to pepper Woods with a variety of right-hand leads, left hooks and straight jabs throughout the fight.

Woods, who had never fought outside of England, never had a chance against a fighter widely acclaimed as the best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet.

The Sheffield boxer fought gamely and pressed the attack in the early rounds.

But by the fourth round, he had given up chasing Jones and was barely punching as his opponent kept up his assault.

"I expected him to come out. People said he was a bum, but he's got a huge heart," Jones said. "Skilfully, he's not with me."

Punch stats

That was reflected in punch stats that showed Jones landing 140 of 300 punches to 39 of 166 for Woods.

In the sixth round, Jones landed 21 of 26 punches while Woods threw only two punches and failed to land either.

The end finally came with a right hand to the nose that drew blood while Woods was on the ropes.

Woods' corner waved a white towel and referee Jay Nady stopped the fight.

Jones improved his fight record to 47-1 with 38 victories inside the distance, while Woods' record fell to 32-2.

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BBC Five Live's John Rawling
"Jones was in a different class"
USA's Roy Jones
"It was a pretty good performance"
Britain's Clinton Woods
"He's an intelligent fighter"
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