By Edward Chaykovsky, photo by Greg Patchowski
Former four division world champion Roy Jones Jr. (64-9, 46 KOs) suffered a serious injury during his lopsided ten round unanimous decision win over journeyman Rodney Moore (17-12-2, 7 KOs). There wasn't much action with Jones boxing his way to victory. All three judges saw it 100-90.
More than 5,000 fans packed the Pensacola Bay Center in Pensacola, Florida to cheer on their local hero.
Many of Jones' friends and family, sitting at ringside, were wondering why the future Hall of Famer was unable to stop a boxer who lost his last nine fights and hasn't picked up a win since 2002.
Everyone in the arena was unaware that Jones suffered a right bicep tear in the fifth round and basically fought the rest of the way with one hand.
At 47-years-old, an extended recovery period for the injured bicep could spell the end for Jones' boxing career - and he admits that could very well be the case.
"It may have been the last one," said Jones to the Pensacola Journal. "And I'm not mad if it is, because I had a great time. Everybody in Pensacola got to see Roy fight one more time. I knew it might be close to the end."
"We'll just have to see how long this takes (to heal). It was the best condition I've been in a long time. I felt strong the whole time. Thank God it was the right hand, because I could use the left hand triple time. Because you use it for your jab and that's the point-getter, If it's the left hand, now you've got problems. Because you have bring your shoulder from way back here and makes it harder for you to get back (and leaves a boxer exposed to a counter punch)."
This was the second win for Jones since getting knocked out cold last December in Russia by former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli.