Roy Jones Jr.’s unbeaten streak is no more.
The 46-year-old former champion suffered a brutal knockout loss at the hands of Enzo Marracrinelli in the fourth round of their 10-round affair at the VTB Arena in Moscow, Russia.
The first three rounds of the contest were relatively competitive that could have gone either way, but Marracrinelli pressed the action and pulled away during the fourth frame. Pressing Jones up against the ropes, forcing the former four-division champion to fall face first onto the canvas with a clean uppercut. Referee Ingo Barrabas waved the fight off immediately.
Jones had gone 8-0 over the past four years, earning four straight KO or TKO victories before meeting the 35-year-old Marracrinelli. This marks Jones’ ninth career loss, the fifth of which has come by knockout.
This was Jones’ first bout in Russia since becoming a citizen in September.
The victory is Marracrinelli’s third in a row, stopping all of his opponents in victory since 2012. It was his 33rd career knockout win.
Standard protocol after watching any aged veteran receive such a vicious knockout, the world now waits to see if Jones will hang up his gloves and walk away from the sport of boxing at 46. As noted, Jones previously owned titles at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight. He is the only fighter in the history of the sport to win the heavyweight title after starting his career as a light middleweight at 154 pounds.
The legendary fighter has victories over Felix Trinidad, Antonio Tarver, James Toney and Bernard Hopkins.