Marco Huck KO'd: Will it force Roy Jones into retirement?Written by Leroy Cleveland
It was all sounding so good.
Forty-six year old fight legend Roy Jones Jr would face longtime WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (38-2-1, 26KO’s) in the former's presumed swan song later this year or in early 2016.
True to form, Jones started padding his resume last year, hand-selecting opponents made to order for him. The approach is not uncommon for aging stars when attempting to rebuild their stature and increase their stock. They fight often, look impressive (albeit against low and mid tier opposition) and build a case for a high-profile, big money showdown.
And Huck did his part as well, agreeing to make his USA debut as part of the Premier Boxing Champions series on Spike TV tonight.'
But as was the case with aging boxing legend James Toney last week, things didn't go as planned for the favorite.
Enter Krzysztof Glowacki (25-0, 16 KO) from Poland.
Tonight the B-side, in an exciting, rock 'em, sock 'em bout, ended Huck's reign and may have squashed Roy Jones' plans for one last high profile scrap.
"It was a Huck performance until that last shot. That was great TV. This is the entertainment business and that was entertainment," stated Marco's promoter Lou DiBella.
So now what for Jones?
Other cruiserweight champions are Yoan Pablo Hernandez 29-1-0 (14 KOs), the lineal RING Magazine champion, Denis Lebedev 27-2-0 (20 KOs), who KO'd brutally Roy in 2011, Russia's Grigory Drozd 38-2-1 (26 KOs) and, of course, Huck conqueror Krzysztof Glowacki (25-0, 16 KO).
Was Glowacki's performance on national TV tonight enough to merit a fight with Jones? How much would the former bring to the table?
For Jones, part of the lure of fighting Huck was Marco's popularity in Europe, specifically Germany.
He was, by far, the most popular active cruiserweight champion and was a major, mainstream draw in Deutschland.
Jones vs Huck may have been a semi-lucrative affair for both men and would have likely served as the great Jones' last stand on big stage.
Just as Julio Cesar Chavez Jr's loss supposedly retired Carl Froch, does Huck's defeat tonight signal the last of Roy Jones, Jr on a high-profile stage?
Jones, who will participate in a presumed showcase Sunday, can no longer fight at a healthy 175 lbs and is far too small and shopwarn to cope with heavyweight champion giants Wladimir Klitschko and Deontay Wilder so he must stay at cruiserweight.
Does Roy have any lucrative options left?