May 21, 2011
At age 42, Roy Jones Jr. continues to chip away at his legacy by taking fights around the world and now he appears to be putting his health in serious jeopardy.
Today at the Sport Complex Krylatskoe in Moscow, Russia, Jones faced a top-rated cruiserweight named Denis Lebedev, got knocked out in the final round of the fight and appeared to be unconscious for close to 45 seconds.
Jones (54-8, 40 KOs) laid facedown for roughly 15 seconds until he was turned over. Using smelling salts, ringside officials finally revived Jones after another 30 seconds.
"It was a great shot, I can't take nothing away from him," Jones said. "He was a tough competitor. I really don't know what I'm going to do now. I'm going to think about it."
Jones, the light heavyweight champion from 1997-2003, has now lost three straight fights. Danny Green knocked him out last year and Bernard Hopkins brutalized him over 12 rounds.
After spending most of his career at 175 pounds, Jones fought today at 198.
This was a solid card featuring a former world champ in Nate Campbell and NABF 175 champ Ismayl Sillakh, one of the top light heavyweight prospects in the the world. Fight News posted the results:
Unbeaten Ukrainian NABF light heavyweight champion Ismayl Sillakh (16-0, 13 KOs) won by TKO in the third round over Ugandan Hamza Wandera (12-3-2, 11 KOs). Sillakh seized the initiative and easily beat Wandera. In the third round Ismayl dropped Wandera. He was able to continue but Sillakh's follow up attack prompted referee Steve Smoger to stop the fight.
The former undisputed lightweight champion Nate Campbell (34-8-1, 25 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Sherzod Nazarov (12-5, 10 KOs). The experienced 39-year-old Campbell controlled the fight and won by scores of 79-73, 79-74 and 80-74.