Roy Jones Jr. To Return Against Danny Santiago in Cruiserweight Showdown

John HeinisSenior Analyst ISeptember 8, 2010

In his most recent outings, Roy Jones Jr. (54-7, 40 knockouts) has looked like a fighter that should hang up the gloves.

Jones was knocked out by Danny Green in December, not even lasting a full round, and was decimated by fellow future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins in a loss via unanimous decision.

Named the Boxing Writers Association of America “Fighter of the Decade” in the 1990s, Jones wants to prove to the fans that he has got something left, despite looking like a shell of his former self recently.

“Captain Hook” plans to step back in the ring on October 7th at the Pensacola Civic Center, in Pensacola, Florida, which also happens to be Jones’ hometown.

In Jones' last outing in Pensacola, he knocked out Omar Sheika in the fifth round.  This was in March of 2009.

Jones has been adamant about the fact that retirement has not even crossed his mind, so he will step back in the ring against Danny Santiago (31-4-1, 19 knockouts).

Some fans will remember Santiago as one of the featured boxers on ESPN’s reality boxing TV series The Contender, which aired in late 2007. 

While Santiago has built up an impressive professional record, “The Bronx Bomber” has floundered against elite competition such as Zsolt Erdei and Antonio Tarver, his most recent losses.

This, coupled with the fact Santiago is 2-2 in his last four fights, makes him a pretty evenly matched opponent for Jones. 

A win here would not do much to boost Jones’ stock, but it would prove he still has a couple of decent fights left in him.

On the other hand, Santiago walking out victorious could put him into the title picture of the cruiserweight division. 

This could likely be the final opportunity for the 37-year-old to work his way toward a championship run.

Jones’ company, Square Ring, will promote the fight, although as of now, no television deal is in place. 

Jones made “almost no money” from his fight with Bernard Hopkins, and does not expect much revenue to come in from the fight with Santiago. 

He has implied that from this point forward, he is competing for the love of the sport, regardless of where his finances currently stand.

Square Ring CEO John Wirt has announced a tentative undercard for the event.

The expected fights include light heavyweights Ismayl Sillakh and Daniel Sackey squaring off, as well as former featherweight champion Derrick Gainer taking on Walter Estrada in the lightweight division.

Jones Jr., a four-time champion in four different divisions, also mentioned that he is not opposed to a move back to the light heavyweight division in the future, referencing Jean Pascal’s upset victory over Chad Dawson as evidence that the division is wide open.

Fans can only hope that Jones can channel his old self next month, as he has been one of the most disappointing veterans of the ring in the past couple of years.