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Jones dismantles Pazienza, keeps title

The fight was billed as the Devil and Mr. Jones. It was all Mr. Jones.

Roy Jones Jr. sliced up Vinny Pazienza, who calls himself the Pazmanian Devil, knocked him down three times in the sixth round, and then stopped him with two seconds left in the round Saturday night at the Convention Center.

The unbeaten Jones retained the IBF super-middleweight title and ran his record to 29-0 with his 25th knockout.

It might have been the last hurrah, at least as a major boxing figure, for the 32-year-old Pazienza.

It was all Jones from the opening bell. The 5-foot-7 Pazienza, a former two-time champion, could not deal with the power and speed of the 5-11 Jones.

Jones hit Pazienza with a left-right-left 14 seconds into the fight that knocked him backward and opened a cut on the side of his nose. Jones then hit Pazienza with jabs, right hands and left hooks and opened cuts over the right eye and under the left eye in the first five rounds.

The 26-year-old Jones, 168 pounds, hurt Pazienza, 168, with a jab 42 seconds into Round 6. Pazienza then unleashed 12 punches, but Jones blocked every one with his arms and shoulders.

Then Jones knocked down Pazienza with two left hooks.

Pazienza got up at 2 and took the mandatory 8-count before going down again with a right to the head.

Jones then unleashed a right and two left hooks that knocked Pazienza down, with his back striking the lower strand of the ropes. Referee Tony Orlando immediately waved that the fight was over.

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