Roy Jones Jr., one of boxing's all-time greats, is going home to say goodbye to the ring.
Jones has announced that he will fight what he claims will be his final fight, a cruiserweight bout against an opponent to be determined, on Feb. 8 at the Pensacola Bay Center in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida.
Jones will headline the Island Fights 46 card that will include a mixture of boxing and MMA matches.
"You should call it my last day at the Bay. It's my last one for the Bayfront, Civic Center, Pensacola, Bayfront Arena, whatever you want to call it," Jones said in a video posted to one of his social media accounts. "So if you want to come to see my last day in Pensacola, be there Feb. 8. That's my last one there."
Jones made his professional debut in Pensacola in 1989. Jones fought most recently at the Pensacola Bay Center in August 2016, when he won a lopsided decision against journeyman Rodney Moore and then promised his hometown fans he would fight there again to close out his career.
Jones (65-9, 47 KOs), who turns 49 on Jan. 16, reigned as the pound-for-pound king for about a decade, from 1994 when he easily outpointed James Toney to win a super middleweight world title until 2004, when Antonio Tarver shockingly knocked him out in the second round of the second of their three fights to take his unified light heavyweight world title.
Jones was a silver medalist at the 1988 Olympics -- he should have had gold but the judges were later found to be corrupt -- and untouchable for many years as a professional. He won world titles in four weight classes -- middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight -- and was the first former middleweight world champion to win a heavyweight world title in more than 100 years when he rolled past John Ruiz in a lopsided decision victory to take a belt in 2003. He is a shoo-in for the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
But since a three-fight losing streak -- the knockout to Tarver, a ninth-round knockout to Glen Johnson and a one-sided decision loss to Tarver in their 2005 rubber match -- Jones has been on a steep decline.
He did score a big win against the much smaller, unretiring Felix Trinidad in 2008 but lost when he would face top opponents thereafter, including a lopsided decision to Joe Calzaghe later in 2008 and another three-fight losing streak that spanned 2009 to 2011 when he faced Danny Green (first-round knockout), Bernard Hopkins (lopsided decision in their rematch) and Denis Lebedev (brutal 10th-round knockout).
The fight will be Jones' first bout in a year. In his last fight, on Feb. 17, he knocked out Bobby Gunn in the eighth round in Wilmington, Delaware. The win was Jones' third in a row against low-level opposition, and he has won 11 of his past 12 fights, though the loss in that stretch was a crushing fourth-round knockout in Moscow at the hands of former cruiserweight world titleholder Enzo Maccarinelli.