By Vadim Pushkin
Former four division world champion Roy Jones Jr. (62-9, 45KOs) has disputed the circulating rumors that he retired from the sport of boxing.
Jones, 47-years-old, has been pondering his next move since suffering a brutal knockout at the hands of former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli last December in Moscow, Russia. The loss drew the fire of fans and critics, who blasted the promoters who staged the event and pleaded with Jones to finally retire.
Rumors of a Jones retirement began on Wednesday, when an executive from a Russian promotional company called 'Patriot' was quoted as stating that Jones would never fight again. Jones is a business partner in that company. With Jones being a Russian citizen, stories began to quickly pile up in Eastern Europe.
Jones denied the information and firmly stated that no decision has been made on his future. While he says retirement is certainly possible, there is also the possibility of returning to the ring in Russia or the United States.
"I'm the only one who can talk about the future of my boxing career and the statements that were made were not made by me," Jones told the Russian press.
"It's not true that I'm done with boxing - and while it is possible [that I might retire] - that hasn't been decided yet."
Jones has numerous business ventures in Russia, including his involvement in a branch of boxing schools, promoting events in the country, and holding concerts.