Jones to fill Steward's HBO role

Roy Jones Jr. will assume the late Emanuel Steward's role on HBO cards for the rest of 2012. Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

The decision was one that nobody at HBO wanted to have to make, but it was necessary in the wake of Emanuel Steward's death last month.

Besides training fighters, Steward worked as an analyst on HBO telecasts for about a decade, calling fights on the network's top series, "World Championship Boxing", and its pay-per-view telecasts.

With Steward's passing -- several of his friends from HBO Sports attended his memorial service in Detroit on Tuesday -- HBO made official on Thursday the move most thought would be made. The network announced that Roy Jones Jr., the "Boxing After Dark" expert commentator, will assume Steward's role on "WCB" and PPV cards for the rest of 2012, including Saturday night's Antonio DeMarco-Adrien Broner card in Atlantic City, N.J.

Jones began filling in for Steward in September, when he was too ill to work and had to miss the Andre Ward-Chad Dawson and Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. broadcasts.

As for what the network will do next year, HBO spokesman Ray Stallone said that "2013 will be addressed at the start of the new year."