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Contrary to reports, Jones has not announced retirement

Roy Jones Jr., who turned 47 in January, has not announced his retirement from boxing as reported. Chris Hyde/Getty Images

As much as many would like to see Roy Jones Jr. finally retire, it has not happened yet, despite Russian media reports indicating that the former longtime pound-for-pound king has called it a career.

Jones, who won world titles in four weight divisions (middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight) and was seeking a cruiserweight title shot, turned 47 last month.

On Dec. 12, Jones (62-9, 45 KOs), who became a Russian citizen last year to go with his American citizenship, suffered a fourth-round knockout at the hands of former cruiserweight titleholder Enzo Maccarinelli in Moscow.

After the fight, Jones, who had been brutally knocked out (his fifth knockout loss), did not commit to continuing his career or retiring.

However, contrary to the Russian reports on Wednesday, Jones has not made a decision and, in fact, very well could have a farewell bout in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida, in the spring or early summer.

“Roy has not yet made an official decision about retiring, but in the past, he has always mentioned that he wants to do his last fight in Pensacola,” John Wirt, CEO of Jones’ Square Ring Promotions, told ESPN.com on Wednesday. “I spoke to his manager, McGee [Wright], about it and he said that he has not discussed [a farewell fight] with Roy because this is something for Roy to bring up if and when Roy decides to do it.”