Roy Jones Jr. to make return on Aug. 13 in hometown of Pensacola
To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, not much is certain in this world except death, taxes, and Roy Jones Jr. continuing to fight.
The 47-year-old Jones, whose legacy appears intact as the top fighter of his generation, will take on “Rockin’” Rodney Moore in a cruiserweight bout on Aug. 13 at the Pensacola Bay Center in Pensacola, Florida, where Jones is from. Jones-Moore will headline a mixed bag of boxing and MMA fights on a card dubbed “Island Fights 38.”
It’s unknown if this will be Jones’ swan song. His manager, McGee Wright, suggested he wants to finish his career in his hometown, but it’s not clear if this will be his farewell bout against the 40-year-old Moore (17-11-2, 7 knockouts).
“I’m always excited to be fighting in front of my hometown fans who have shown me so much support during my career,” Jones said in a press release. “And I am looking forward to giving them an action-packed fight.”
Jones (63-9, 46 KOs) stopped an MMA fighter named Vyron Phillips in March in a bizarre fight promotion that also included pro wrestling and MMA matches on the card. The last time he fought in Pensacola, he knocked out Paul Vasquez in the first round in March of 2015. Jones, who won titles in four different weight classes, is long past his prime. When he tried to face a somewhat legitimate fighter in Enzo Maccarinelli, he was viciously knocked out in the fourth round in December of 2015 in Moscow.