2002-09-07 Roy Jones w rsc 6 Clinton Woods, Rose Garden Arena, Portland, Oregon, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC/The Ring
2002-09-07 Roy Jones w rsc 6 Clinton Woods, Rose Garden Arena, Portland, Oregon, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC/The Ring. Referee: Jay Nady. Outboxed and outpunched in the opening two rounds Woods (174) went after the champion in the third, only to receive more problems to deal with when badly hurt by a body shot on the bell. The fourth and fifth sessions saw Jones (174¾) showboating his skills before going to work with a vengeance in the sixth. Woods, now carrying a cut over his left eye, had very little left at that stage, and after being badly hurt by a big right to the head he was rescued by the referee on the 1.29 mark.
Jones forfeited the IBF title in November, having decided to take on John Ruiz for the WBA heavyweight title on 1 March 2003.
Meanwhile, the WBA ‘second tier’ champion, Bruno Girard, was stopped by his fellow countryman, Mehdi Sahnoune, in the seventh at the Sports Palace, Marseilles, France on 8 March, and following the announcement that Jones would be relinquishing the WBC and WBA 'super' titles in early April 2003, having won the WBA heavyweight crown on 1 March 2003, Sahnoune automatically took over full recognition as the WBA champion. Further to that, it was announced that Antonio Tarver and Montell Griffin would contest the vacant WBC and IBF titles.