Roy Jones Jr. and Sugar Shane Mosely dominated opponents in defense of world titles, but Jones still heard boos Saturday night in a bingo hall at the Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Jones knocked down Otis Grant of Canada twice and retained the WBA and WBC light heavyweight titles when Grant's trainer, Russ Anber, jumped in to the ring after Grant was knocked down in the 10th.
Jones also knocked down Grant in the sixth round, but then in the seventh he did so little that the crowd of about 3,500 booed him and referee Arthur Mercanty stepped in at one point and told Jones to fight.
"I'm the man, I'm the best, I do whatever I have to do to win," Jones said.
Mosley was just too fast and powerful for James Leija, knocking the former WBC super featherweight champion down three times and stopping him after nine rounds in defense of the IBF lightweight title.
So impressive was Mosley that Lester Bedford, Leija's manager, told an HBO executive after the fight, "Did the kid do well enough to come back enough against somebody human?"
Jones was in complete control and did what he pleased with Grant, the WBO middleweight (165 pounds) champion who fought at 172 pounds. The class limit is 175 but there was a contract limit of 171, give-or-take a pound, and Jones weighed 171.
Jones scored the knockdown in the sixth when he landed a right uppercut to the jaw of Grant, who was punching out of a crouch. The knockdown in the 10th came from a leaping right hand to the jaw. After Grant struggled up at eight, Anber jumped into the ring to stop the fight at 1:18.
"I was fine," Grant said. "I wasn't hurt or anything. I've been with this guy (Anber) since I was 13, and he wasn't going to let me get hurt."
Mosley was just too much for the veteran Leija and after the third knockdown of the fight in the ninh round, Leija's corner motioned to referee Eddie Cotton that their man had had enough.
"I was trying to get a good shot in," Mosley said, "and every time I tried, he ducked his head down. By about the sixth round, my knuckles were hurting from hitting the top of his head. It was like he had a hard hat on."
Mosley had just too much hand and foot speed for the 32-year-old Leija and was in charge from the opening bell.
Mosley, 135, knocked down Leija, 135, with a five-punch flurry in the sixth round, knocked him down again with a right to the side of the jaw in the eighth and then put him down the final time with another right late in the ninth.
The 27-year-old Mosley was penalized a point for a low blow in the seventh round.
Jones, 29, boosted his record to 38-1 with 31 knockouts. Grant of Montreal is 31-2-1 with 17 knockouts.
Mosley, of Pomona, Calif., now is 30-0 with 28 knockouts. Leija, a former WBC super featherweight champion from San Antonio, Texas, is 37-4-2 with 15 knockouts.
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