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Another weekend, another Roy Jones Jr. boxing match. The Pensacola, Florida, native returned to his hometown to defeat journeyman “Rockin’” Rodney Moore on Saturday night.
Moore had lost nine consecutive fights before Saturday night’s showdown against Jones, though only suffering one knockout in that run—a knockout which came against unbeaten Russian cruiserweight Murat Gassiev.
Despite this, Jones was thoroughly expected to dominate the fight and add another knockout to the long list of victims you’d expect from a 47-year-old boxer who’s had a career spanning close to 30 years. However, that didn’t happen.
The 5,000 in attendance at the Pensacola Bay Center were treated to a slow and ponderous affair and the subdued atmosphere emanating from the crowd directly correlated with the glacial pace set by both men. Jones fought with his hands down and showboated plenty like the days of old, but it wasn’t the same—it just seemed a bit daft in this context.
Not only is Jones almost 50-years-old and considerably slower now than when he was in his pomp, he has also suffered a few devastating knockout losses of late—the latter of which coming against the unglamorous Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli last December in Russia.
The exhibition-style sparring match between two 40-somethings ended in a unanimous 10-round decision victory for Jones, with scores of 100-90 across the board. The former 1988 Seoul Olympic silver medallist comfortably controlled the severely out-matched Moore throughout.
The fight was unspectacular in every sense of the word. But, it turned out Jones had torn his right bicep in the fifth round and had to fight one handed for half of the fight—not that it would’ve impacted the intensity of action, necessarily. Jones fought and beat the likes of James Toney and Bernard Hopkins with a broken right hand, afterall.
The injury and the fact he ….View full article