ROY JONES JR. SUFFERS A BRUTAL KNOCKOUT AT THE HANDS OF MACCARINELLI

This could be the last we’ve seen of Roy Jones Jr. (62-9, 45 KOs) in a boxing ring.

Enzo Maccarinelli (41-7, 33 KOs) dominated the famous 46-year-old prizefighter on Saturday night at the VTB Arena in Moscow. He notched two knockdowns in the fourth round, the second coming on a crushing overhand right to the temple that saw the former pound-for-pound king fall motionless to the mat.

The loss snapped an eight-fight win streak against mostly anonymous punchers for Jones. His last defeat also came via the knockout, courtesy of Denis Lebedev in May 2011.

Maccarinelli represented Jones’ toughest opponent in several years, by far. A hard puncher with a weak chin, the British slugger’s hands proved too quick and heavy for Jones, who looked nothing like the boxer that dominated the sport in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The first couple of rounds were easily in Maccarinelli’s favor. He cut down Jones Jr.’s escape route with his length and movement, doing well to walk him onto the ropes and sneak combinations through the guard.

Jones Jr. still snuck his shots in, including a fantastic left hook-right uppercut combo late in the third. Still, he looked sluggish and slow, gulping air heavily after just a few minutes of fighting.

The bout wouldn’t last much longer. Maccarinelli caught Jones on the chin with a devastating right uppercut in the fourth, drawing a brief count from the referee. Jones popped back into action quickly, but there was nothing left in this shell of a fighter. Maccarinelli abused him with a few more punches, and an overhand right finished him off.

After the poor display against Maccarinelli, it’s quite clearly in Jones’ best interest to quit fighting. It’s been over 10 years since Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson shocked him with back-to-back knockouts, five since he fought and lost to another ageless prizefighter in Bernard Hopkins.

It would seem all but impossible that anyone would give Jones the cruiserweight title fight he so fervently desires. Maccarinelli himself is much closer to getting any kind of title shot.

Jones told Brin-Jonathan Butler in a piece for Bleacher Report that if he stepped away, there would “be relief for my wife and family.”

Truth be told, there would relief for far more people than those in his family. Boxing fans who still come out to see him are fueled by deep-seated nostalgia, but enough is enough for the former pound-for-pound king.

He’s one of the sports all-time greats. A cruiserweight title wouldn’t cement his legacy, but finding the strength to hang up the gloves when it really makes sense just might.

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