2001-07-28 Roy Jones w pts 12 Julio Cesar Gonzalez, Staples Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC
2001-07-28 Roy Jones w pts 12 Julio Cesar Gonzalez, Staples Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC. Referee: Raul Caiz. Scorecards: 119-106, 118-107, 119-106. Dropped in the opening round by a left hook counter, Gonzalez (174¼) did his utmost to get into the fight when on his feet again, but with someone as fast as Jones (173) in front of him he had great difficulty in landing solidly. Although Gonzalez won the second round on the judges’ cards it was more to do with the champion’s lack of effort and in the fifth another cracking left hook had him down again. Back in action, for the remainder of the contest Gonzalez proved his toughness when forced to take all manner of blows to head and body, but to his credit he took all that Jones could throw at him to stay on to the final bell.
Jones was awarded The Ring magazine championship belt in November 2001.
With the WBA now recognising Jones as their ‘super’ champion, Bruno Girard and Lou Del Valle met to decide who should be their ‘second tier’ champion. However, with the fight ending in a split 12 round draw at the Prado Seaside Park, Marseilles, France on 4 August the so-called title remained vacant. Later, on 22 December at The Zenith, Orleans, France, Girard finally landed the WBA ‘second tier’ title when stopping Robert Koon in the 11th round.