By Jake Donovan
The conspiracy theories ran wild the moment the ring announcer revealed that Roy Jones Jr. won a split decision over Pawel Glazewski in their 10-rounf battle Saturday evening in Lodz, Poland.
Jones (55-8, 40KO) was already negotiating a fall showdown with cruiserweight titlist Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, leading many to believe that the pre-arrangement led to a bias on the scorecards. There is certainly more value in a name fighter like Jones returning to Poland for a major title shot, as opposed to an unbeaten yet unheralded prospect.
Many believe the scores should have went the other way. Glazewski (17-1, 4KO) – a very late sub who was on standby all week for imprisoned pimp Dawid Kostecki – appeared to surge ahead in the middle rounds, with a 6th round knockdown believed to have at least been the difference in an otherwise close fight.
It was only seen that way by one judge, who scored it 95-94 in favor of the perceived house fighter. Scores of 96-93 and 96-94 for Jones were a little tougher to swallow, leading to the cries of robbery.
Jones – a former four-division champ and longtime pound-for-pound king in his heyday - was hardly boastful in his post-fight speech, though did attempt to justify the wide variance on the scorecards.
“The first four or five rounds, I won,” Jones stated in the moments after securing his first ever win on foreign soil. “With the (6th round) knockdown you had a 10-8 round. The rest of the rounds went back and forth. It was controversial, of course.
“Glazewski is a very good fighter, can’t take nothing away from him. He was fighting a legend so of course he stepped it up.”
Given what was discussed beforehand and his commentary afterward, it can be assumed that Jones will keep it in Poland for a second straight fight. The question is, whom will he face? A cruiserweight title reign remains the motivation behind this latest comeback, which would put into play an eyed showdown with Wlodarczyk.
However, Jones is not completely averse to putting those dreams on hold for clarity’s sake.
“If someone wants to do a rematch, I'm always open because I'm a fair guy. I still think I can become cruiserweight champ and nothing will deter me from that.”
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox