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Career Crossroads: Jones Jr. retires as Mike Davis’ star rises

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Cairo native Mike Davis (right) earned a TKO victory over Montrel James (far left) Thursday night at Island Fights 46 in Pensacola, Fla. Davis is now 5-0 with five stoppages.
February 10, 2018 04:14 pm

Roy Jones Jr.’s professional boxing career came to an end on Thursday night with a decision victory over Scott Sigmon at Island Fights 46.

Earlier in the night in Pensacola, Florida, Mike Davis showcased his talents as the Cairo native’s career is just starting to fully blossom.

“It was an honor. To be on the legend’s final fight and for it to be on UFC Fight Pass is a blessing,” Davis said. “I couldn’t ask for a better venue and promotion than Island Fights. It was an amazing experience.”

Being streamed on UFC Fight Pass, Davis showed why he is one of the best upcoming Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the world, dominating Montrel James en route to a first round TKO victory with the stoppage coming at just 2 minutes and 22 seconds in.

From start to finish, Davis was in control and it was only a matter of time before he came away with the statement victory.

“I’m extremely happy with my performance,” Davis said. “People are saying that it wasn’t the way I wanted to win — saying I won due to his arm getting dislocated. That’s not why I won. That last elbow was clean. I felt his jaw move with that elbow. It was over regardless.

“I’m extremely happy with my victory. I showed just enough to let the world know where I belong.”

The fight card was a mix of MMA and boxing with only two MMA fights being streamed on Fight Pass — Davis’ being one of them as he is currently being scouted for the premier promotion.

“Island Fights is a big organization,” Davis said. “They’re regionally ranked (and) they get fighters from all over the country, not just surrounding areas. However, it is time for me to part ways. The UFC is my next stop. I can be put on any card at any time, so I’m just waiting for them to say get ready and I’ll be ready.”

Davis is a perfect 5-0 in professional MMA with all five wins coming by way of stoppage.

Training and living full time in Florida, Davis hopes to be on the UFC card in Orlando on Feb. 24.

“I don’t see it happening, but I’m ready,” he said.

Overall, Davis sports a 22-0 record. He went 10-0 as an amateur, 5-0 in pro MMA, 3-0 in pro boxing, 3-0 in amateur Muay Thai and 1-0 in amateur boxing. He holds five amateur lightweight titles at 155 pounds and is widely considered the No. 1 unsigned featherweight in the country.

Jones Jr. closes his boxing career with a record of 66-9 (47 KOs).