2000-09-09 Roy Jones w rtd 10 Eric Harding, The Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC
2000-09-09 Roy Jones Jr w rtd 10 Eric Harding, The Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC. Referee: Johnny Femia. Clearly frustrated by his southpaw challenger, who came to the ring in safety-first mode, Jones (173½) failed to deliver in the early rounds, especially in the second and third as he looked to be countered. Jones’ tremendous speed took him to the front from thereon and apart from the eighth when Harding (173¾) caught him with some solid shots to the head he remained on top. Although Jones won the tenth he was still not at his best against the awkward Harding, but it was still a surprise when the latter decided to retire during the interval, naming a torn muscle in his left arm as the reason for not continuing.