Watch Video of Roy Jones Jr. Getting Knocked Out in Final Round by Denis Lebedev
Denis Lebedev (27-1, 17 KO) of Russia picked up the biggest win of his 10-year professional career when he knocked out boxing legend and former pound-for-pound king Roy Jones Jr. earlier today in Moscow.
For nine rounds, Lebedev and Jones fought in a relatively slow-paced fight before the Russian fighter opened up to end strong.
The 31-year-old cruiserweight boxer caught Jones with only 15 seconds left in the 10th and final round. Jones, who was helpless against the ropes, slowly faded into being unconscious as Lebedev fired away with vicious uppercuts and hooks.
Lebedev mercifully threw a final right hook as the referee was jumping in to stop the bout, and Jones fell face-first to the canvas.
Jones didn't seem to really be in the fight throughout the preceding rounds, but he did show some signs that he could win. It appeared he was fading in and out as the rounds went by also.
The savage ending was the last thing fans wanted to see from someone as great as Jones. It was a very scary sight, but it was a sign that we had learned before and maybe Jones now realizes that now, too. It will be a very devastating end to a legendary career.
Lebedev's only career loss is to Marco Huck, which came last year and resulted in a split-decision defeat for him.
The former middleweight, light-heavyweight and heavyweight champion now falls to 54-8 with three losses in a row.
Seven of Jones' eight defeats all came in his last 12 bouts, including losses to Antonio Tarver, Glen Johnson, Bernard Hopkins, Joe Calzaghe and Danny Green. Four of them were by knockout.
Lebedev takes a big step in the shallow cruiserweight division, although, this isn't the type of fight you really want to be associated with if Jones isn't okay, and it really doesn't do much for him otherwise.
There is no word on what the condition of the 42-year-old veteran boxer is, but let's hope everything was alright. He did get up and walk out of the ring on his own.
It was truly a devastating KO that could have severe consequences.
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