Smarty moneynot on Jones jr

May 18, 2004 2:10 AM

Quoting the first line from GT boxing guru Michael Katz last week. "Antonio Tarver is the bet."

Katz added, "Overlays were the way to go."

When Roy Jones went down for the 10-count in the second round at Mandalay Bay, so did the house.

"People came back from the Events Center dumbfounded," said Tom Stauffer, Mandalay Bay race and sports book supervisor. "I was as surprised Tarver did it so fast."

Jones opened as a -500 favorite to win and closed at -350. Tarver, who on my card won the first fight with RJ, wound up paying bettors a healthy +300 on wagers. Odds for a Tarver KO were roughly 6-1.

"It was a Triple Crown for us from 2 p.m. on in the sports book with the Preakness, Lakers and the fight," Stauffer said. "Standing room only."

At least one Jones won. Belmont is lock-city unless Tarver shows.