Written by Rob Scott
The 1997 WBC Light Heavyweight Championship
Atlantic City – (March 21, 1997) – On this day, Square Ring, Inc. and Trump Taj Mahal brought together Roy Jones Jr. vs. Montell Griffin for the WBC Light heavyweight championship.
After defeating Mike McCallum for the interim belt in November, Jones was elevated to full champion and was making his very first defense.
Only One Fighter Leaves Perfect
Both champion and challenger entered the ring as undefeated fighters, with Jones sporting a 34-0 (29KOs) record, while Griffin’s record was an impressive 26-0 (18KOs).
Jones hit Griffin after taking a knee, resulting in referee, Tony Perez, declaring Griffin the winner by disqualification after he was unable to continue.
A New Champion
It made Griffin the new champion, and resulted in the first record loss in Jones’ professional career.
It was a controversial ending, but it was yet another exciting night at the fights in Atlantic City boxing history.
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