And that's how it went. Despite a first round knock down by Jones, Calzaghie managed to take it to the American, inundating him with a barrage of quick jabs and combinations. It was all too much for the aging fighter and by the 7th round it was pretty clear that Jones was losing steam and desperately out scored.
The champ still held on to his dignity and reputation as one of the biggest hearts in boxing history. While it was obvious the boxer was fighting on sea legs, had the worst cut of his career, and was sure to lose based on his points, Jones never went down, even when it seemed inevitable. The commentators likened the aging fighters performance to that of Jake LaMotta's in his final fight against Sugar Ray Leonard. In that Fight LaMotta took one of the most famous beatings in all of boxing history, swelling and bleeding all over the ring, but never hitting the canvas. LaMotta famously teased Leonard stating, "You never knocked me down, Ray. You never knocked me down." Jones could say same.