Roy Jones Jr. TKOs No. 1 Ranked Tony Thornton In Middleweight Title Fight – September 30, 1995 (This Day In Boxing History)
Roy Jones Jr. was once one of the most dominant fighters in boxing, and this was one of those years.
Jones (29-0, 25 KOs) successfully defended his IBF super middleweight strap by TKO over Tony Thornton (37-6-1, 26 KOs). Thornton, at the time, was the No. 1 ranked fighter in the division and Jones finished him in the third round.
Fans could tell Thornton was having a hard time dealing with his opponent’s hand speed and attacks.
In Round 2, seconds left, Jones threw himself at Thornton and swept him with a left look, sending him to the floor as he hit the mat.
Thornton got up, but it was then all over in Round 3 after Jones unleashed a storm of punches and the fight was stopped.
Jim Lampley, who was calling the action, shouted, “Thornton in trouble! Can’t punch back!” Garry, watching closely, jumped in and halted the onslaught at 0:45 seconds of Round 3. The TKO victory was Jones’ 30th consecutive win.”