February 8, 2018 could mark the end of an era in boxing.
Fight legend Roy Jones, Jr (65-9, 47 KO), 49, who has been a pro since 1989, has hinted he might retire from the sport after facing 30 year old Scott Sigmon (30-11-1) in the former's hometown of Pensacola, FL.
"This is history. And people know it," promoter Dean Toole, the founder and CEO of Island Fights, told PNJ.com.
Although we don't know for sure if Roy's career will conclude, ticket sales suggest many believe it well.
Seats went on sale two weeks ago and, already, only a few ringside tables remain while all floor seats have sold out or are approaching a sell out, according to Poole.
Ticket Prices range from $70 on the floor to $20 in the Bay Center's upper deck area.
"It is already the best we have ever done for an Island Fights show," Toole said. "The other times Roy has fought here on Island Fights we had maybe three, or four weeks, to promote the fight. This one we've had seven weeks.
"People are already buying tickets in the upper deck and that has never happened this early. We were six weeks out and I was almost out of tables. Having the floor sold out will look awesome."
Jones, 15-8 in his last 23 bouts, dominated the boxing scene from 1993 to 2004 and was an exceptional multi-talented fighter with incredible speed, explosiveness and technical prowess.
The consensus Fighter of the 1990s, Roy Jones, Jr has won world titles at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight, and is undoubtedly one of the greatest fighters ever.