Roy Jones Jr. gets his chance to add a cruiser belt to his resume when he faces Enzo Maccarinelli for the WBA “regular” title on December 12 in Moscow.
Jones has been a full-time cruiserweight since 2011. He’s posted eight straight victories, the last being a sixth round KO of Eric Watkins. Maccarinelli has alternated between light-heavyweight and cruiserweight over the last two years, culminating with a fifth-round corner stoppage defeat to WBA light-heavyweight titlist Juergen Braehmer last year.
“Jones was a great fighter, certainly the best of his era, and someone that I admired,” said Maccarinelli. “That has to be put to one side as I have my job to do and that’s to knock him out.”
Jones recently obtained Russian citizenship at the behest of president Vladimir Putin, likely signaling the former four-division world champion will finish his career with bouts held overseas.
“It’s incredible how the Russian people have taken to Jones; he’s like a superstar here, with the media following his every move,” Maccarinelli marveled. ” It takes the pressure off me because I’m just seen [as] an opponent for him, but I’m going to pull off a huge shock in December.”
It’s good that Maccarinelli appears to be pushing for a KO since that’s his only chance to pull this off. Even well past his prime, Jones still has the speed to outbox Mac. I’ve been hoping Roy would hang it up for the past decade, but he could very well fight one for several more years if he keeps facing opponents at this level.