Boxing icon Roy Jones Jr must quit, says Sheffield’s Clinton Woods

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Clinton Woods had nothing but respect for the genius boxer, Roy Jones Junior, who beat him in six rounds back in 2002, delaying his pathway towards an eventual world title.

Jones was, at the time, probably the most gifted pound-for-pound fighter on the planet and his win over the Sheffield fighter at the Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon, shocked nobody.

But now Jones is full of surprises - and not many of them good ones.

Last month, at the age of 46, he was heavily KO’d by Swansea’s Enzo Maccarinelli, in the American’s new boxing ‘home’ of Moscow.

Woods strongly believes Jones should retire before getting hurt.

“It is a very sad story about Roy Jones, what is happening with him” said Woods, who went on to win the IBF World light heavyweight title a decade ago.

Flashback: Roy Jones, Jr., left, celebrates as the referee ends the fight vs. Clinton Woods, center, during the 6th round Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, in Portland, Oregon.

Flashback: Roy Jones, Jr., left, celebrates as the referee ends the fight vs. Clinton Woods, center, during the 6th round Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, in Portland, Oregon.

“Jones is talking about still fighting. It is sad, because he was a great fighter” said the South Yorkshireman.

“I have got a big picture at my gym (in Westfield) of the greatest fighters and Roy Jones is up there. Now he has just got beat in four rounds?

“No disrespect to Enzo Maccarnelli, he did what he had to do. But the way he went down...

“You have got to remember, since he beat me, he has been knocked out five or six times now.

Britain's Enzo Maccarinelli, right, hits a punch to Russia's Roy Jones Jr. to knock him down during their non-title cruiserweight bout in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015.

Britain's Enzo Maccarinelli, right, hits a punch to Russia's Roy Jones Jr. to knock him down during their non-title cruiserweight bout in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015.

“Since coming down from heavyweight he got knocked out by Antonio Tarver, (second round 2004) Glen Johnson, (the same year ninth round) the Australian, (Danny Green, first round 2009) a Russian, (Denis Lebedev, 2011, tenth round) and now he has been knocked out again. It is a sad story with him.

“It is the way he is getting knocked out. It is pretty bad. It is not the referee stopping it, he is absolutely gone.”

Woods thinks it is up to world boxing regulators to ban him for his own good.

“He is fighting under a Russian federation now, but it is time to pack it in Roy, unless you want one big fight at Sheffield Arena!”

Roy Jones Jr.,left, punches Clinton Woods during the Light Heavyweight Chammpionship of the World Match .

Roy Jones Jr.,left, punches Clinton Woods during the Light Heavyweight Chammpionship of the World Match .

Jones wouldn’t be short of work, if he takes Woods’ advice; he’s tried his hand at commentating, coaching, rapping and acting.

Woods, who retired in 2009, says a book is being written on his life.

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