LEDYARD, Conn. — Last time, Montell Griffin won the WBC light heavyweight championship while on one knee. This time, Griffin was down on all fours as Roy Jones Jr. won it back Thursday night.
"Take my crown and I'm coming to get it," said Jones, who knocked Griffin out at 2:31 of the first round and regained the title he had lost on a disqualification for twice hitting Griffin while he was down on one knee on March 21 at Atlantic City, N.J.
"I needed something like this to bring out 100 percent of me," said Jones, who came out firing and didn't give Griffin a chance before 4,500 at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino.
Jones burst out of his corner and backed up Griffin with a left hook nine seconds into the fight. Ten seconds later, he sent Griffin reeling into the ropes with a right and left hook to the head. Because the ropes held up Griffin, referee Arthur Mercante ruled it a knockdown and gave him a mandatory 8-count.