Persistence paid off for Isiah Jones on Tuesday night in Las Vegas.
Jones upset Donte Stubbs by majority decision in what was the second fight in two weeks for the Detroit native. Judges Adalaide Byrd (58-56) and Eric Cheek (59-55) favored Jones’ jab and counter-punching, and they overruled judge Tim Cheatham, who scored their six-round middleweight match a draw (57-57).
Jones (9-2, 3 KOs) fought exactly two weeks after losing a six-round unanimous decision to Georgian prospect Nikoloz Sikhniashvili (6-0, 4 KOs) on June 16. ESPN televised Jones’ loss two weeks ago and his win Tuesday night from MGM Grand Conference Center.
Stubbs, of Riverside, California, lost for the first time as a pro (6-1-2, 2 KOs).
Jones hit Stubbs with a left to the body when there was approximately 1:15 to go in the sixth round. Stubbs drilled Jones with a right hand that backed Jones into the ropes just before their bout ended.
A left hook by Jones caught Stubbs in an exchange with about 30 seconds remaining in the fifth round. Stubbs hit Jones with a lesser left hook a few seconds later.
Jones landed a counter left with just under a minute remaining in the fourth round. An overhand right by Jones stopped Stubbs in his tracks toward the end of the fourth round.
Stubbs and Jones traded jabs just after the midway mark of the third round. Stubbs backed Jones into the ropes toward the end of the round, but couldn’t connect with a clean shot.
Jones landed a short, counter left hook about 50 seconds into the second round. Stubbs caught Jones with a left hook that made Jones hold with about 1:15 to go in the second round.
A straight right hand by Jones landed as Stubbs moved straight back with about 20 seconds to go in the second round.
Jones connected with a counter left hook about 45 seconds into the fight. Jones mostly made Stubbs miss with his jabs and right hands in that opening round.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.