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Wednesday, 20 November, 2002, 01:02 GMT
Jones stripped of title
Undisputed light heavyweight champion Roy Jones
Jones will face his biggest challenge against Ruiz
Undisputed light heavyweight champion Roy Jones was stripped of his International Boxing Federation crown on Tuesday.

The move came after Jones turned down a mandatory defence against top-ranked challenger Antonio Tarve.

He will instead take on World Boxing Association heavyeight champion John Ruiz.

That fight is set for 1 March in Las Vegas, although Jones has yet to sign paperwork with promoter Don King.

Jones let a Monday deadline to appeal the IBF decision pass.

With middleweight, super-middleweight and light heavyweight titles on his resume, Jones has beaten every man he has faced.

He will be taking on the biggest challenge of his 14-year career in facing Ruiz, a man who naturally outweighs him by 40lbs.


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