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Light-Heavyweight Doug Jones Scores Major Upset Over Zora Folley

Dec. 15, 1962 - Light-heavyweight contender Doug Jones of New York climbed off the canvas in the first round tonight and scored the year’s major boxing upset by knocking out third-ranked heavyweight contender Zora Folley in the seventh round of their nationally televised rematch. With the victory, the 185-pound Jones avenged a decision won by Folley in Denver last Aug. 1. Jones dropped Folley, 196, for the full count with a left-right combination to the chin in the seventh. Folley, the 12-5 favorite, dropped to his hands and then completely to the canvas, where he supported himself on his left elbow and hip. He tried to rise but fell forward at the count of 10. It was the fifth time Folley had been knocked out and his sixth defeat in 70 fights. It was Jones’s 21st win in 25 bouts and his 13th knockout. Jones was almost stopped in the first round when floored for a mandatory eight-count. He was practically helpless but was saved by the bell. At the time of the knockout, referee Arthur Mercante had Folley leading 5-1, judge Joe Armstrong had Folley ahead 4-2, but judge Al Berl rated it 3-3 on a round basis.


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