2003-11-08 Roy Jones w pts 12 Antonio Tarver, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC/The Ring
2003-11-08 Roy Jones w pts 12 Antonio Tarver, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC/The Ring. Referee: Kenny Bayless. Scorecards: 116-112, 117-111, 114-114. Having won the WBA heavyweight title, Jones (175) dropped down a couple of divisions to take on Tarver (175) and after a tough fight against the dangerous southpaw he successfully retained The Ring Championship Belt and won back his WBC title at the same time. The contest was a difficult one to score as Jones would throw single shots while Tarver (175) threw punches in clusters, and when one looked at the way the judges saw the action it was clear that they were seeing it differently in most rounds. Jones, who finished the fight with damage to his left eye and tiring badly at times, probably won the last two sessions, but as far at Tarver was concerned he should have been the winner having done the better work.