Roy Jones Jr. Beats Last-Minute Replacement Via Controversial Split Decision

Mick AkersAnalyst IJune 30, 2012

LAS VEGAS - APRIL 03:  Roy Jones Jr. has a  cut over his left eye tended to in his corner between rounds of his light heavyweight bout against Bernard Hopkins at the Mandalay Bay Events Center April 3, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hopkins won by unanimous decision.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Roy Jones Jr. was at it once again in the ring, as he took on last-minute opponent Pawel Galzewski in a bout that took place at Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland Saturday, winning via split decision.

Jones Jr.'s (56-8, 40 KOs) original opponent, David Kostecki, was put in jail after being named as part of a prostitution ring, giving Galzewski (17-1, 4 KOs) only 10 days notice of the bout.

Jones Jr. looked lethargic for the better part of the fight after showing a little fight in the first four rounds, but light heavyweight Galzewski dominated the action after that, even knocking Jones Jr. down in Round 6.

If Jones Jr. had this amount of trouble against an unknown, last-minute replacement, then it is as obvious as ever that it is time for the former champ to hang it up.

The gift of a win that the judges handed Jones Jr. in this bout will only push Jones Jr. to fight on—which is a shame, as he clearly is in no shape to fight at this point in his career.

One could hope that Jones Jr. has a moment of clarity and realizes that is is time to call it a career and stick to his analyst job with HBO.

Knowing how delusional Jones Jr. is about where he is at in his career, he will fight on, risking long-term health risks with each fight he takes from here on out.