Ed (Too Tall) Jones won his second professional fight in as many attempts tonight with an unimpressive sixth-round technical knockout of Abdullah Muhammad in a scheduled six-round heavyweight bout at the Phoenix Plaza.
The fight was stopped 45 seconds into the final round when Muhammad's handlers retired the fighter after he went down in what was ruled a shove by referee Bobby Ferrara.
The 6-foot-9, 253-pound Jones opened a cut over Muhammad's left eye in the fifth round and it bled profusely until the fight was stopped.
The former Dallas Cowboy defensive end dominated the fight, scoring with repeated jabs and an occasional overhand right.
Muhammad, the 214-pound heavyweight from Los Angeles, was outmuscled by the taller and stronger jones.
A crowd of some 5,000 booed both fighters repeatedly for not being more aggressive. They also booed when the bout was stopped.
Jones towered over muhammad, who fought mostly from an awkward, peak-a-boo crouch.
When Muhammad tried to bore in, Jones merely wrapped his arms around the smaller man's shoulders and held him in a bear-hug. w
Muhammad, formerly Lee Holloman, saw his vorein the sixth after apparently being shoved by Jones. But with his eye bleeding, his corner men decided that, it would not be worthwhile to continue the fight.
Jones, fighting out of Jackson, Tenn., won his first fight Nov. 3 in Las Cruces, N.M., in split decision over Jesus (Yaqul) Meneses, a fighter that Muhammad had beaten.
Muhammad, formerly Lee Holloman, say his overall record slip to 4-8.
Jones said Muhammad "hit me with some good shots but he never hurts me."
Phoenix Suns forward Truck Robinson, who was Jones' honorary cornerman, viewed Jones' performance with guarded optimism.
"Well, he was little better than last time," said the former Washington Bullets player, "but he needs a lot of work, there's no question about that . . . He's looping his punches a lot."