Potshot Boxing’s (PSB) Fight of the Week takes us back to May 15, 2004 when Roy Jones, Jr. and Antonio Tarver faced off in a highly anticipated rematch. The fight took place back at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada where Jones escaped with a majority decision over Tarver in their first meeting. In the rematch, Tarver will be forever known in the history of Boxing for asking Jones during the instructions from the referee “You got any excuses tonight Roy?”
Those words from Tarver will prove to be the demise for Jones. In the 1st round, Jones went back to showing the boxing world why he was the best pound 4 pound fighter in the world. He dazzled Tarver with quick hard shots to the body, while daring Tarver to throw so that he can counterpunch him at every turn.
When Tarver went back to his corner at the end of the 1st round, his Trainer Buddy McGirt told him that he was respecting Jones too much. That would be the trigger that fired Tarver up for the 2nd round. In the 2nd round, it was the shot heard around the boxing world.
Jones landed a right hand inside, and Tarver landed a devastating left hand over the top that sent Jones crashing to the canvas. It was the first time the boxing world had seen Jones in serious trouble. Jones got up from the devastating left hand shot, but was clearly still wobbled. Referee Jay Nady stopped the fight and Antonio ‘Magic Man’ Tarver was awarded the 2nd round TKO victory.
When Roy Jones, Jr. got knocked out, it was during the NBA playoffs. During TNT’s NBA Halftime Show, TNT NBA Analyst Charles Barkley yelled out, “Roy Jones just got knocked out!” Barkley went on to say the knockout of Roy Jones was bigger than what was going on in the NBA playoffs at that moment.
Tarver’s knockout over Jones was one of the biggest shocks in the history of Boxing because Jones was so talented, so elusive, so skilled, you could not dream of any scenario of him getting knocked out. Check out Potshot Boxing’s (PSB) Fight of the Week: Jones vs. Tarver II here…..
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