Roy Jones Jr has what should be the easiest decision of his life to make after being completely annihilated by former cruiserweight world champion Enzo Maccarinelli.
The 46 year-old, who is way past his best and has been fighting on borrowed time for a while, was badly exposed as the post-prime fighter he is and needs to step away from the sport immediately.
Maccarinelli won the opening two rounds before having a quiet third, but exploded in the fourth with brutal uppercut – which was his weapon of choice along with a light hook to the body.
Jones was rocked and sunk to the canvas, although got up and assured referee Ingo Barrabas he was okay to continue. By anyone’s reckoning, Jones was still struggling though and as Maccarinelli sensed victory, the ex-pound for pound king found himself trapped on the ropes.
Three solid blows later, followed by a massive right hand and Jones sickeningly hit the floor completely out of it.
As the shocked Russian crowd gasped at the demise of their new adopted son, there were muted celebrations from Maccarinelli who had just realised he may have ended the career of his idol.
Let’s hope Roy makes the right choice for all concerned.
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In the division below, Magomed Madiev out-pointed Martin Rios to make it to 5-0, whilst heavyweight Rashid Akzhigitov scored a four round points win over Igor Pylypenko to improve to 4-0.