April 29, 2000
On the undercard of the dreaded Lennox Lewis-Mike Grant show at Madison
Square Garden on Saturday, April 29, Paul Ingle (23-1, 16KOs), the IBF
featherweight champion, came off the mat in the eighth round to stop hometown
favorite, Brooklyn's own, Junior Jones (47-5, 27KOs) in the eleventh round.
It was Ingle's first defense of the title he won last November.
Ingle-Jones, a part of the "TWO BIG: 13 Feet, 500 Pound," pay-per-view
telecast, was televised live on HBO/TVKO Pay-Per-View at a suggested retail
Ingle, in the view of may at ring side was comfortably ahead on points when
Jones caught the champion coming in with a hard right-hand counter that
planted Ingle on his
Jones, who immediately ceased control of the bout, found himself in grave
trouble when Ingle landed a sneaky straight-left that forced referee Arthur
Mercante, Jr. to issue a standing 8-count.
Jones, clearly on wobbly legs, found himself rolling on the Garden ring after
the champion continuously punished him with a barrage of punches upside his
The bout came to an abrupt end at the 1:16 second mark when Jones, trapped
against a neutral corner, was disoriented, defenseless, and had nothing left.
Ingle, famous for going eleven rounds with unrecognized WBO 126-pound
champion, "Prince" Naseem Hamed (TKO by 11), in April 1999, has his sights
set on a rematch with his native countryman. However, a Hamed-Ingle II would
mean very little, if not, nothing unless Hamed, who just knocked out Vuyani
Bungu, a former IBF 122-pound champion, can straighten his "act" and start
putting forth some impressive performances inside the ring.
Also on the undercard: Former world champion, Arturo Gatti (32-4, 26KOs)
found himself in another mismatch when he stopped last minute replacement
Eric Jakubowski (20-7, 4KOs) in the second round.
Lastly, Wladimir Klitschko (33-1, 31KOs) knocked out David Bostice (21-2-1,
12KOs) in the second round as well.