Glen Johnson Stops George Jones in 10th
BROOKS, Calif. (AP) _ Former world light-heavyweight champion Glen Johnson, hopeful of a rematch with the winner of Saturday night’s fight between Antonio Tarver and Roy Jones Jr., stopped George Khalid Jones in the 10th round on Friday night.
The Miami-based Johnson (43-10-2, 29 KOs) ducked under a left hand and staggered Jones (23-3-1, 13 KOs) with a solid right to the head. As Jones, of Paterson, N.J., began to sink against the ropes, Johnson threw two more rights, then motioned referee Marcos Rosales to step in and halt the bout, which he did with 30 seconds left in the 10th.
All three California judges had Johnson ahead on the scorecards after nine rounds (87-83, 87-83 and 89-81).
Johnson weighed 173 pounds, one more than Jones.
The scheduled 12-round main event, before a capacity crowd at the Cache Creek Casino Resort, was billed as an IBF title-elimination fight to determine the leading contender for the championship belt Johnson wore after a ninth-round KO of Roy Jones 13 months ago. He relinquished it to fight Tarver twice, splitting two decisions.
But clearly Johnson, who dropped Jones with only his second punch of Friday’s fight _ a straight right in the opening seconds _ is less interested in an IBF title than fighting Roy Jones or Tarver again, calling them ``cowards″ if they don’t meet his challenge.