Roy Jones Jr. caps off an epic career with decision win over Scott Sigmon
Roy Jones Jr. put on a show for his hometown of Pensacola, Florida, in his rout of Scott Sigmon, for 10 rounds, leading to a unanimous decision win, in an event billed as the 49-year-old’s final fight. The cruiserweight bout was the main event of an Island Fights 46 card, streamed live on UFC Fight Pass, Thursday night, from the Civic Center.
Jones, 66-9 (47), was quick to let everyone know how this one was gonna go. Forty seconds in, he lured Sigmon to the inside, in a clinch, and started talking to those ringside, telling them what he was about to do. Not a surprise at all coming from the boisterous great and, once letting his hands go in spurts, Jones scattered remnants of his former self to perhaps relive his abilities one last time. His uppercut to the body was his most effective punch of the fight but, for old times sake, Jones threw a few bolo punches, gave Sigmon no-look shots and sparingly let off some quick combinations, especially in the final moments of each round.
Sigmon, 30-12-1 (16), was tired by the third round and, by the end of the fifth, his mouthpiece was knocked out for the third time. Fighting out of Lynchburg, Virginia, what the 30-year-old journeyman lacked in boxing ability, he made up in his will to come forward and try to get lucky with a big shot. Jones saw most, if not, all of them coming, aside from a looping left hand in the ninth, but Sigmon certainly paid for them by the end of the fight. There were a few times in which Jones seemed to almost get Sigmon out of there but he seemed reluctant to end his final fight too early.
Earning three unanimous scores of 98-92, Jones wasn’t able to get the stoppage he sought in the 10th but the joy he exuded throughout would negate any discontent after the fight. In the post-fight interview, he even admitted to having a torn bicep a couple weeks out but didn’t want to ruin the event in his hometown. He proceeded to praise the importance of bringing a boxing event to the UFC Universe and mentioned he hopes to be back on the platform as a promoter.
A former champion from middleweight to heavyweight, Jones’ career will officially end in Canastota, New York, once his fist is cast at the International Boxing Hall of Fame, but there was no real sense of an emotional goodbye, especially after mentioning the name of a future UFC Hall-of-Famer Anderson Silva.
“That’s the only fight Roy Jones maybe will come to the ring for,” he said.