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Roy Jones Jnr cruises to decision victory in final fight of his stellar career; says only UFC legend Anderson Silva would coax him out of retirement

The 49-year-old American ends his incredible fighting career with a record of 66-9 including 47 wins by way of knockout

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 February, 2018, 1:56pm
UPDATED : Friday, 09 February, 2018, 10:50pm

Six-time world champion Roy Jones Jnr brought down the curtain on his remarkable career with a decision win over Scott Sigmon at the Bay Centre in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida on Thursday night.

The 49-year-old American ends his fighting career with a record of 66-9 including 47 wins by way of knockout.

Judges gave the veteran, widely regarded as one of the finest boxers of his generation, a comfortable win with all three of them scoring the contest 98-92 in his favour.

Afterwards, the future hall-of-famer declared the only way he would return to the ring would be to face 42-year-old UFC legend Anderson Silva.

One of the most gifted athletes in the history of the sport, Jones was a massive favourite to bow out with a win against Sigmon and did not disappoint a fervent home crowd as he dominated the 30-year-old whose record fell to 30-12-1 (16 KOs).

A clowning Jones, determined to enjoy his final bout, was too classy for the game Sigmon, who rarely posed a threat.

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During his storied career Jones captured world titles at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight.

“There are things I wanted to accomplish that I knew were no longer within my reach,” Jones said ahead of his swansong. “I love boxing, even out of my prime I love boxing like I did when I was champ. But you can’t go on forever no matter how much you love it. It’s time, I’m ready to say goodbye.”