Roy Jones Jr. shuts out Rodney Moore over 10 in hometown
To the chagrin of many in boxing, Roy Jones Jr. continues to fight. With his diminished skills slowly losing to father time with each fight, Jones is a mere shell of his former self, when he was on top of the boxing world.
Jones won a lackluster, one-sided decision over Rodney Moore Saturday night at the Pensacola Bay Center in Pensacola, Florida.
Jones, who was fighting before his hometown, goes to 64-9, 46 knockouts. Moore, who has lost his last 10 bouts, drops to 17-12-2, 7 KOs.
The fight between Jones and Moore looked more like a glorified sparring session. Jones, who mostly kept Moore honest by countering with jabs to the head, rarely put more than two punches together while Moore looked to land one big punch.
There were times when Jones played to the crowd, including the fourth round when he shimmied after a landing a series of punches.
The crowd grew restless as the bout entered the second half of the fight, at times booing the lack of action with each passing round.
All three judges scored the bout 100-90 in favor of Jones.
At one time regarded as the best fighter of his era, Jones is a four-division world titleholder. The pinnacle of his career was in the late 1990s-early 2000s, when he dominated the light heavyweight division.
Jones, who is a boxing analyst for HBO, has suffered devastating knockout losses recently to Denis Lebedev (May of 2011) and Enzo Maccaarinelli on Dec. 12.
Should Jones continue his pro career, there are less and less fighters like Rodney Moore that will makes the 47-year-old Jones look good.
Fight fans would like to remember the Jones who was at his peak 15 years ago rather than the fighter who could get seriously hurt again.