Former heavyweight titlist Roy Jones, Jr. is expected to fight Danny Santiago for a vacant regional cruiserweight belt October 7 at the Pensacola Civic Center in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida.
Jones (54-7, 40 KOs), who has lost three of his last five bouts in decisive fashion, said he has not ever contemplated retiring as a prizefighter.
"It never crossed my mind, to be honest, said Jones, 41, who became the first past middleweight champ to win a heavyweight crown in more than a century when he defeated Methuen's John Ruiz by a unanimous decision in March 2003. "I want to do this. I feel real good. I want to fight and do the best I can do."
Jones, named "Fighter of the Decade" for the 1990s by the Boxing Writers Association of America, was a pugilistic legend and one of the most physically gifted athletes in the annals of prizefighting.
Sadly, "Junior" is now a worthless sham and liability in the ring who is strictly fighting for monetary reasons.
"Jones is only in it for the money," said Mike Cappiello, a native of Brockton who once fought for the IBO super featherweight title and retired with an impressive mark of 33-6. "He has nothing else to fall back on."
Jones is delusional and he has learned how to lie to himself and actually believe his own deceits.
"Money ain't always the issue," said Jones, despite his well-documented financial woes. "That's not what drives me. I know I'm not making much money for this fight. But I love doing it and I still want to see if I got it, which I think I do."
Jones does not "got it" and he hasn't possessed genuine skills since the end of George W. Bush's inaugural term in office.
Jones was once an exceptional talent who is currently a pathetic and tragic story.
Eventually, Jones will hang his gloves a battered man like so many of his peers.