NEW YORK -- I'm just going to come right out and say it: I don't know what to make of
Before Jones' thrashing of
Am I having second thoughts? Well...
I still don't consider Jones a contender at light heavyweight. Yes, the division is championed by no-names, including one (IBF champ
He has expressed an interest in challenging super middleweight king
Strange as it may sound, Jones isn't ready for Calzaghe. Jones, 39, looked impressive in scoring a unanimous decision over Trinidad, who was floored twice and from the second round on did a nice impression of a piñata. After peppering Jones with combinations the first two rounds, Trinidad found himself playing defense for the rest of the fight as Jones stalked him around the ring. In the seventh round Trinidad took a right hook to the temple that left him briefly crumpled on the canvas, and a straight right in the 10th sent him down a second time.
"A lot of people thought I was done, but I'm still capable of doing a lot of things," said Jones. "I'm capable of beating anyone I get my mind right for."
But despite gaudy credentials, Jones is five years and two weight classes out of his league. He doesn't have the power of a traditional light heavyweight and he certainly can't match the hand speed of Calzaghe, who has arguably the fastest hands in the sport.
Another tune-up is needed. Potential candidates include
For Trinidad, Saturday night's loss likely means a third (and final) trip to retirement. While the reported $9 million he earned for the fight will soften the blow, there is no question Trinidad is a shell of the fighter who once terrorized the welterweight division.
The first warning sign came at the weigh-in, when it was Trinidad (who fought most of his career at 154 pounds) and not Jones, a former heavyweight champion, who struggled to make the 170-pound weight limit. "Well he was probably about 200 when he took the fight," joked one ringside observer. "So just getting close to 170 was an accomplishment. With one win in the past five years, the world has probably seen the last of Tito.
The best fight of the night came during the undercard, when the maligned
One unofficial count had three pre-main event fights in the stands. Why anyone who paid hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars for tickets would do something to get them thrown out is beyond me. ...