Jones Jr. knocked down, but gets split nod
Szpilka tops McCline; Campbell defeats Szot on undercard
In a cruiserweight bout, 43-year-old former four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr (56-8, 40 KOs) won a ten round split decision over previously unbeaten WBC #9 light heavyweight Pawel Glazewski (17-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland. Jones was quick enough and sharp enough to outscore the light punching Glazewski early on. Jones was doing a lot of showboating in the bout until Glazewski dropped him with a left hook in round six. Glazewski outworked jones after that, but Roy landed some good punches in round ten that slightly staggered Glazewski and likely won the bout for him. Scores were 96-93, 96-94 for Jones, 95-94 for Glazewski.
Glazewski replaced Jones’ original opponent, WBC #4 light heavy Dawid Kostecki, on short notice after Kostecki was unexpectedly imprisoned. The win will undoubtedly put Jones back into the WBC ratings and position him for a title shot.
Unbeaten 23-year-old Polish heavyweight hope Artur Szpilka (12-0, 9 KOs) outpointed 42-year-old four-time world title challenger Jameel “Big Time” McCline (41-12-3, 24 KOs) over ten rounds. Although both fighters had their moments, it was mostly a tactical fight with few exchanges as the 6’6, 275lb McCline stalked his smaller, quicker, more mobile and 19 years younger opponent.
Former lightweight world champion Nate Campbell (36-9-1, 26 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Krzysztof Szot (16-3-1, 5 KOs). The 40-year-old “Galaxxy Warrior” was much more ring savvy than the less experienced Szot and had things pretty much his way.
Former welterweight title challenger Rafal Jackiewicz (42-10-1, 21 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Luca Michael Pasqua (16-5-1, 10 KOs). Currently rated #10 by the IBF, Jackiewicz dropped Pasqua at the end of round three and again in round seven, but Pasqua hung in until the final bell.
Here's the KD in rd 6:-
Not saying Roy wasn't hurt as we know Roy's chin but perhaps a bit off balance. His footing isn't in view but he appears to be leaning back a bit when caught and maybe tried to catch his footing before falling.
Once on the deck however, Roy had the appearance of having been felled by a legitimately hard shot and used the ropes to haul himself back up.
This Glazewski guy apparently isn't a big puncher and the punch that felled Roy didn't look much.
Good to see Jones Jr. come throught this fight relatively unscathed but you've got to hold your breath when Roy fights anyone these days. Maybe just me but Roy's eyes appear half lidded throughout the whole course of a fight - as if already groggy = signs of permanent damage.
I also noted toward the end of the rd Roy got caught by a right hand on the bell - again, not a particularly hard looking shot. However, as Roy starts for his corner he appears to lurch toward the ref a bit.
Hang 'em up man.
In his prime Jones was a fighter that insisted he be in control, never one to brawl or engage in a give-and-take affair. Now he's throwing that caution away in whatever dream state drives him on to his personal tragedy.
Just saw some highlights . . .Roy looks AWFUL. Not just as a fighter, which he has now for awhile, but physically in his face . . he looks like a battered old man.
With his reflexes shot, he's now just taking beatings in the ring. The guy's lack of physical strength is also telling . . not only is he now in his mid 40s, but we forget Roy was naturally never more than a big super middle size-wise. Now he's fighting cruisers 20 years younger than him.