Roy Jones Jr. wins fringe cruiserweight belt in Moscow; Chudinov wins WBA interim middleweight title
By Karl Freitag
Future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. (57-8, 40 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf (17-4-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Dynamo Sport Palace in Moscow, Russia. Benmakhlouf brought the fight to the Jones, but even with his back on the ropes most the time, Roy’s quick hands and overall skills were too much as he picked the tough Frenchman apart. Scores were 120-108, 119-109 and 118-111.
Jones claimed the WBU V cruiserweight belt with the win. This is his first “world title” at cruiserweight. After the “winner take all” fight, Roy said that this is the fifth weight division in which he has won a world title and he wanted to make history in Russia. He also stated that now he wants UFC star Anderson Silva in the USA, Russia or Brazil, wherever the best offer is, or Toney, Lededev or “the guy in Poland.”
In the main event, unbeaten middleweight Dmitry Chudinov (12-0-2, 8 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Juan Camilo Novoa (22-6-1, 20 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA interim middleweight title. Chudinov put a beating on Novoa, finally getting a referee’s stoppage. He joins Gennady Golovkin and the upcoming Martin Murray-Jarrod Fletcher winner as the recognized world champion of that organization.