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31 OCTOBER 2014

 

Jones Thumps Lacy On Hook City PPV


Jones hooks Lacy: Tom Casino
Jones hooks Lacy: Tom Casino

By Michael Norby: Former pound for pound maestro Roy Jones Jr. turned back the clock on Saturday night after he completely dominated fading former 168lb world champion Jeff Lacy en route to a ten round stoppage victory in a light heavyweight mismatch at the Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA.

Jones 54-5 (40) rebounded from a lopsided defeat at the hands of Joe Calzaghe with a stoppage win over Omar Sheika last March – his first inside the distance victory in over seven years. Tonight, against a predictable opponent, he made it two straight as he battered Lacy 25-3 (17) for ten full rounds before the beaten fighter’s corner stopped the contest.

The fight was delayed due to a last minute glove dispute but, when it got going, it was Lacy who bounded forward with menace. He thumped his opponent with a straight left hand but Jones responded with a string of right hands that forced Lacy into retreat. A straight right at the minute mark stunned Lacy and Jones further increased his advantage by pot-shotting the 32-year-old as he rushed inside. Lacy missed wildly with his punches in the final minute and allowed Jones to connect in between to the body to close a fast paced first round.

Lacy began the second in brighter fashion and he backed Jones to the ropes where he scored with combinations as Jones responded with short hooks and uppercuts to the head for the first minute. Jones strafed his opponent with a quick sequence at the midway point and his speed was clearly bothering the slower Lacy and he easily out-landed the former super middleweight champion throughout the three minutes.

This was good stuff from Jones and he continued to trump an eager Lacy on the inside with cleaner punches in the third. Lacy was able to complete some work to the body but the punches that were coming his way were blindingly fast and he was cut above the right eye after a particular exchange forced him to retreat. A huge left uppercut, thrown after a pair of hooks to the body, again stung Lacy in the final minute and a relaxed Jones began jawing to his man in the closing stages as Lacy struggled to cope.

Jones was holding conversations with the audience as he controlled the fourth – hurting Lacy again in this round with pin-point, perfectly timed right hands as Lacy stormed inside searching desperately to connect with a game changer. Jones was seeing everything that was coming toward him, however, and he hammered his opponent in the fifth with beautiful combinations to further his control of the fight. A ridiculously fast 17-punch sequence in the final seconds capped off the round and sent a swollen Lacy plodding back to his corner with a mountain to climb.

Lacy managed to stall Jones’ momentum in the sixth as he worked to the body against the ropes for the entire round but, although the volume was down, he was still on the receiving end of short, hurtful punches. Jones scored almost exclusively with his uppercut for the first half of the seventh and scored further in the center of the ring with both hands as Lacy huffed and puffed trying to change the direction of the fight.

A weather damaged Lacy never stopped trying and never stopped punching but he was clearly second best. He was punished at times in the eighth and was badly wobbled in the ninth by a combination that prompted Jones to throttle up and launch punches at the badly swollen fighter.

Lacy’s corner discussed stopping the contest at the end of the round and they probably should have because the beating continued in the tenth. Jones, as fresh as he was in the opening bell, toyed with the beaten fighter and, wisely, Lacy’s corner refused to allow him to emerge for the final pair of rounds.
Is Roy Jones back to his best?: Tom Casino
Is Roy Jones back to his best?: Tom Casino


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