2004-09-25 Glen Johnson w co 9 Roy Jones, FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee, USA - IBF
2004-09-25 Glen Johnson w co 9 Roy Jones, FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee, USA - IBF. Referee: Bill Clancy. Coming back from his bad defeat at the hands of Antonio Tarver, Jones (175) was a long way short of being the fastest man around despite likely to beat the champion after four completed rounds. Badly hurt in the fifth, Jones came back well but it was clear at that stage that he could not hurt Johnson (174), who walked through his punches to get his own off. Coming into the ninth, Johnson was ahead on all three judges’ cards, but there were no signs on what was to come. The contest came to a sudden conclusion after 48 seconds of the session when Jones was caught by a smashing right over the top, followed by a left hook, and was counted out. There was never a chance that Jones would get up in time and he was treated ringside before being taken to hospital suffering concussion.
After Johnson vacated the IBF title in November in favour of a prestigious fight against Tarver, Clinton Woods and Rico Hoye were matched to find a new champion. Both men had won eliminating bouts; Woods beating Jason DeLisle (w rsc 12 at the Octagon Centre, Sheffield, England on 24 October 2004) and Hoye winning over Richard Hall (w co 4 Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada on 15 May 2004) and Montell Griffin (w pts 12 at the Kewadin Casino, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan on 16 September 2004).