1997-12-19 Kennedy McKinney w rsc 4 Junior Jones, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBO
1997-12-19 Kennedy McKinney w rsc 4 Junior Jones, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBO. Referee: Wayne Kelly. Despite Jones (122), who was cut on the right cheek in the first minute, dominating the first three rounds and having his challenger down for ‘nine’ from a terrific right to the chin in the third, he expended so much energy trying to finish his rival off that he virtually exhausted himself and was in trouble before the bell went. Coming out for the fourth, McKinney (122), firing off a couple of rights, quickly put Jones down and although the referee did not give it as a knockdown it was clear that the latter was done for as he stumbled around the ring. McKinney did not need to be told what he had to do next and a cracking right hand dropped Jones, who somehow got up before tumbling to the floor and being rescued by the referee with 21 seconds of the round remaining.
McKinney relinquished the WBO version of the title in September 1998 to move up a weight division.