Sunday, January 20, 2008

Roy Jones In All His Glory Returns And Defeats Felix Trinidad

Roy Jones Jr. and Felix Trinidad

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Roy Jones, left, used his defensive skills to snuff out Felix Trinidad's attack.

Roy Jones and Felix Trinidad, two faded superstars, tried to turn back the clock Saturday night.

Jones was the only one who could.

Backed by knockdowns in the seventh and 10th rounds, the former pound-for-pound king and four-division champion pounded Trinidad to win a clear unanimous decision in a light heavyweight fight before a pro-Trinidad crowd of 12,162 at Madison Square Garden.

Trinidad, who weighed the contracted 170 pounds, 10 more than he had ever fought at, had some success in the early rounds while Jones seemed to be studying him. But by the end of the fight, Jones -- who was 169½ pounds, his lowest since his last super middleweight title defense in October 1996, was picking apart Trinidad (42-3, 35 KOs) and landing quick shots that stunned the former three-division champion.

That Jones was able to come that far down in weight was remarkable for a man who won a piece of the heavyweight title in 2003.

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