By Alexey Sukachev
Dynamo Arena, Krylatskoye, Moscow, Russia - In a cruiserweight contest, Denis Lebedev (22-1, 17KOs) knocked out former four division champion Roy Jones Jr. (54-8, 40KOs) in the tenth and final round. Jones was out cold as he dropped face first to the mat. Jones now on a three fight losing streak and drops four of his last six.
Lebedev came out moving forward, but it was Jones who attacked first to the head and body. Jones was landing some very hard, fast punches to the head of Lebedev, and looked better than he's appeared in his last three or four fights. Lebedev got his punches in as well, but couldn't land anything clean. Jones was baiting and taunting Lebedev during the final minute exchanges.
Lebedev became more active in the second round, letting his hands go, but many of the punches were blocked. Lebedev on sheer volume overwhelmed Jones, who was unable to get going until the final minute.
At the start of the third, Lebedev came out swinging to pin Jones against the ropes. Lebedev continued to throw a high volume of punches. In the fourth, Jones began to land some sneaky quick punches as Lebedev came forward. Lebedev came back strong in the final minute with a combination that appeared to stun Jones.
Lebedev did not charge after Jones in the fifth, but he did outwork him and pushed the action. In the sixth, Lebedev continued to push Jones back. The former champion was being very cautious to avoid punches. Lebedev controlled the entire round with combination punching and straight shots to the body.
Lebedev stalked Hones for the entire seventh round. The former champion was not throwing many punches in return and covered up as Lebedev let the punches fly. Jones landed a few good punches in the final thirty seconds. For nearly the entire eight, Lebedev was pounding Jones against the ropes. The former champion was covering up and failing to pull the trigger in return.
Jones was running the clock in the first minute of the ninth, moving but not throwing anything as Lebedec chased. Jones started picking his shots in the second minute and began to attack Lebedev to the head and body as the crowd erupted for a brief moment. Lebedev came right back to get Jones back against the ropes and continued to let his hands go. During the final ten seconds, Jones caught Lebedev with a perfect counter left hook to the jaw and the knees of the Russian boxer appeared to buckle as the arena stood up.
Jones was trying to steal the final round with quick punches as Lebedev moved in. It didn't take long for Lebedev to pin Jones against the ropes and unload his combinations. During an exchange, Jones landed a counter that made Lebedev stumble back into the ropes. During an exchange in the final minute, Lebedev unloaded with a combination that knocked Jones out cold as he crumbled to mat face first. The doctors rushed the ring to check on Jones.