At late age of 42 and with three consecutive losses, Roy Jones Jr. should seriously consider retiring for good.
Jones' loss to Denis Lebedev last Saturday was his third in a series of losses after he last won against Jeff Lacy in 2009.
The cruiserweight fight ended in a knockout after Lebedev landed a series of powerful left punches that sent Jones reeling to the ropes and hitting the canvas before the end of the tenth round.
"The fight was Jones’ attempt to salvage some glory in the twilight of his career. He had lost his last two fights, against Danny Green and Bernard Hopkins last year. Observers have speculated his retirement is imminent," Yahoo News reports.
“I really don’t know what I’m going to do now,” Jones said. “I’m going to think about it.”
Roy Jones is one of the boxers with longest running winning streaks. He was undefeated in 49 consecutive fights since he turned pro in 1989, though he had one loss on record which should not have been officially recorded because he was only disqualified for hitting his opponent while down.
After straight 49 wins, Jones got his first real loss from Antonio Tarver in 2004.
Jones left his mark in boxing history when he won the WBA heavyweight title, becoming the first former middleweight champion to win a Heavyweight title in 106 years.
The Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) has given him an award as "Fighter of the Decade" for 1990s.
Aside from Roy Jones, here are five aging fighters who should also consider retiring due to old age and declining performance.