While no official announcement on his retirement has been made, Roy Jones Jr.'s decision to work as an anaylist for HBO's Boxing After Dark sure sounds like a proclamation to the Neutral Corner.
Rick Bernstein, senior vice president and executive producer, HBO Sports, made the announcement on Thursday.
Jones is no stranger to HBO. He fought 32 times on the nation's leading boxing network, tying Oscar de la Hoya for most appearances and compiled a career a record of 54-7-0, 40 KOs.
He previously served as a boxing analyst from 1996 to 2005.
“We were not searching for a permanent analyst on the Boxing After Dark series, but Roy simply blew us away with his performance as a guest analyst last year and we decided it’s time to bring him back,” Bernstein said in a statement. “This will be a seamless transition for a person who has been a member of the HBO family since 1992 and will enhance our telecasts.”
The Pensacola, Fla. native will make his return to HBO on Feb. 19 for the season premiere of Boxing After Dark for the bantamweight bout between Fernando Montiel and Nonito Donaire. He will join Papa and Kellerman at ringside in Las Vegas along with unofficial scorer Harold Lederman.