THE legendary ROY JONES JR showed his age as he defeated PAWEL GLAZEWSKI by a controversial split decision on Saturday night at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland.
It was apparent right from the start that the 43-year-old was well past his best as he sluggishly made his way around the ring. Glazewski was a late replacement for DAWID KOSTECKI who was convicted of being the ringleader in a criminal organisation days before the fight.
Glazewski immediately troubled Jones Jr and was by far the busier of the two. Jones Jr could not seem to find any pace and rhythm with Glazewski landing hard exchanges and using good combinations. However, Jones Jr appeared to regroup in the fifth round as he dug deep to land effective combinations that were reminiscent of his former greatness.
This moment of nostalgia was short-lived however as Jones Jr began to tire quickly and reverted back to his slow and static work rate.
It was almost painful to watch when Jones Jr was dropped in the sixth round with a left hook that hit his gloves harder than his chin. Jones Jr looked visibly shaken by the shot from the light-punching Glazewski with his corner instructing him to up his work rate. From then on Jones Jr was backed up against the ropes and hanging on for dear life.
Jones Jr did make some form of comeback in the final couple of rounds that may well have persuaded the judges but it was clear for all to see that Glazewski had punished Jones Jr throughout.
Glazewski was undefeated prior to the bout but lost that record with the judges scoring it 95-94 for Glazewski and 96-93, 95-94 for Jones Jr.
Jones Jr now has a fight with WBC champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk at some point in the Autumn to look forward to but you would hope he realises that he is a shadow of his former self and retires with some amount of dignity.