1991-02-23 Pernell Whitaker w pts 12 Anthony Jones, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC
1991-02-23 Pernell Whitaker w pts 12 Anthony Jones, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC. Referee: Mills Lane. Scorecards: 120-108, 120-108, 119-109. Despite breaking his left hand in the ninth round the champion was still far too good for Jones (135), who came in at eight days notice for Tracy Spann and put up spirited resistance. Showing excellent hand-speed, Whitaker (135) was soon in control as he whipped in and out with the southpaw jab while beginning to plant his feet more as Jones shifted from orthodox to southpaw. By the middle of the fight Whitaker was starting to let the punches go as Jones tired, but following the hand injury he went back to his jab-and-move routine as the challenger tried his utmost to get to him. Even with one hand Whitaker was too good, and in the closing seconds he caught Jones with a combination of blows prior to the final bell coming to the latter’s aid.