Four division world champion, Roy Jones Jr, is to face Scott Sigmon on February 8th in the main event of Island Fights 46 at the Bay Center in Pensacola, Florida.
Jones last saw action in August 2016, scoring a ten round unanimous decision over Rodney Moore, and insists the upcoming bout will the last of his professional career. However, the former champion has made such a claim on more than one occasion in recent years.
“It is already the best we have ever done for an Island Fights show,” said the show’s promoter Dean Toole speaking to the Pensacola News Journal. “The other times Roy has fought here on Island Fights we had maybe three, or four weeks, to promote the fight. This one we’ve had seven weeks.
“People are already buying tickets in the upper deck, and that has never happened this early. We were six weeks out, and I was almost out of tables. Having the floor sold out will look awesome. From our Facebook site to messages, my phone, and what I know is going on at the Bay Center, it has been really great sales. We are hoping to sell this out.
“[Moore] was a counter puncher,” Toole said. “A big counter puncher. This guy [Sigmon] is going to come forward and fight Roy. Those are the best fights Roy has been in. Roy wants you to cross the neutral zone, and that is where people mess up. Anyone who has grown up watching Roy fight remembers those days.
“You get to watch your favourite athlete growing up, step into the ring one last time in front of his hometown crowd. That’s special. I was shocked and nervous when he brought it up. But, also it was mind-blowing to know Roy Jones could fight on our show for the final time.”