Roy Jones, Jr: Next fight against MMA pro?Written by Lee Cleveland
Fight legend Roy Jones Jr., 48, just won't quit.
Perhaps impressed with the success of Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor, Jones recently hinted his next fight could be against a MMA pro.
"I'm not going to finish my boxing career," Jones told BoxingScene.com last week.
"Right now we are negotiating for the next fight, maybe it will be against an MMA fighter," Jones added.
For years there was talk of Roy fighting UFC legend Anderson Silva in a boxing match. When first discussed, Silva was UFC's middleweight champion and one of the hottest fighters in the world. However, Silva's stock has plummeted following a string of losses and failed drug test.
In addition, UFC brass has consistently maintained its fighters cannot box while under contract, suggesting Mayweather vs McGregor was the rare exemption.
Perhaps Jones will look to face a Bellator champion? Bellator, of course, is the other, lesser-regarded high profile MMA organization.
Should he fight again, look for it to happen in December.
Roy Jones (65-9, 47 KO) last fought in February, showing flashes of brilliance against Bobby Gunn before the latter's cornermen threw in the towel in Round 8.
Some fans demean Jones for his continuance in the sport given he's about 20 years past his prime, is only 15-8 in his last 23 bouts and has been knocked out six times in that span. And yes, several of those knockouts were devastating.
The Roy Jones Jr record is a bit deceptive. We see 9 losses and assume he was embarrassed by subpar opposition. However, 8 of his 9 losses occurred when he was well past his prime - and against accomplished opposition.
DQ (win) by Montell Griffin Rd 9, March 1997
TKO 2 by Antonio Tarver, May 2004
KO 9 by Glen Johnson, Sep 2004
UD 12 by Antonio Tarver, Oct 2005
UD 12 by Joe Calzaghe, Nov 2008
TKO 1 by Danny Green, Dec 2009
UD 12 by Bernard Hopkins, Apr 2010
KO 12 by Denis Lebedev, May 2011
KO 4 by Enzo Maccarinelli, Dec 2015
Jones 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.