Roy Jones Jr. carded a straightforward ten-round decision over Scott Sigmon on Thursday night in what was billed as the boxing legend’s last ever contest.
Despite his age, 49 year-old Jones Jr. managed to frustrate his younger opponent on his way to a 98-92 victory across the board with the judges.
Revealing a torn bicep suffered during the build-up, Jones still managed to keep Sigmon at bay for the majority of the UFC Fight Pass encounter.
Following the triumph, Jones told his hometown crowd he’d be willing to make a comeback to the ring in the future for a fight with UFC’s Anderson Silva.
The pair have been linked to a battle for some time, and with Jones Jr. turning 50 at the beginning of next year, who’d rule out the ex-pound for pound king from fighting on into another decade of his life.
Jones Jr. ruled the late 1990’s as the best fighter on the planet before unbelievably moving up from light-heavyweight to win the world top division crown from John Ruiz in 2003.
Many felt at the age of 34 Jones should have walked away then to be considered among the best technicians ever to lace up a glove, but sadly for the Pensacola man, he fought another 26 times over a 15-year period.
His legacy for those ten years from 1993 will rightly remain untouched, although leaving with a record of 66-9, having lost eight of those nine since his win over Ruiz, won’t be a true reflection of his dominance of the sport during that time.
The former Olympic silver medallist had only lost to Montell Griffin via a harsh DQ in 1997, which he immediately and emphatically avenged a short time later, but departing at the height of his powers was not meant to be for Jones.
Sadly, this becomes the case for many of the sport’s top stars.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay