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Last Updated: Sunday, 9 November, 2003, 05:15 GMT
Jones regains WBC crown
Roy Jones (right)
Jones (right) edged out Tarver in a close bout

Roy Jones has reclaimed the World Boxing Council light heavyweight title with a majority decision over Antonio Tarver.

Judge Glen Hamada gave Jones a 116-112 victory, while Dave Harris saw it 117-111 for Jones and Jerry Roth scored it a draw at 114-114.

Jones, who had to lose 25 pounds to make the weight limit, looked tired and slow in the early rounds.

He seemed keen to go for an early knockout, and the strategy almost backfired as Tarver scored points by trapping Jones on the ropes and landing punches with both hands.

Jones said: "It was tough. I never thought that weight would be so hard to lose. But I told him I was coming and I came.

"I was never worried about losing the fight. His strategy was to win the last 30 seconds but you can't win a fight in the last 30 seconds."

Jones admitted the fight would be his last as a light-heavyweight and that he was hoping to line up just one more fight - with Mike Tyson.

"I want one more big-money fight, that's all I want," said Jones. "All I want is Mike Tyson and if I don't get him I'm done."

Tarver could barely his his disappointment at the defeat and declared himself "the new people's champion".

He said: "I won the fight hands down. His face tells the story."

The 12,000-strong crowd seemed to agree with him as they booed the decision at the end of the contest.

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