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Kimbo Slice-Roy Jones Jr. fight being discussed

A boxing fight between Kimbo Slice and Roy Jones Jr. is currently being discussed, Larry Brown Sports has confirmed.

A report published in the Jamaica Observer on Saturday said that the two men would be fighting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in December. The scheduled fight is said to be part of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary celebration, and part of an effort to bring boxing excitement to the island. There was even a press conference on Thursday to make the announcement, and Jones Jr. was in attendance and spoke about facing Slice.

“He’s a big streetfighter with a lot of power, so early in the fight he can be very dangerous… but as the fight goes on, my mental experience should take over. But for the first five rounds he will be very deadly,” Jones said, per the Observer.

Larry Brown Sports reached out to Slice’s promoter, Gary Shaw, over email to ask about the fight. Shaw confirmed to LBS that the fight is being discussed, but he emphasized that there is no deal yet.

Slice, aka Kevin Ferguson, is 38 years old and switched to boxing last year after a brief MMA career. The former street-fighting legend has fought five times since his making his professional boxing debut last August and is 5-0 with four knockouts.

Jones Jr., 43, was once considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. He is 7-7 since 2004, and we’ve been calling for him to retire for years.

Roy Jones Jr. thinks he could have beaten Floyd Mayweather in his prime, but maybe not Manny Pacquiao

Roy Jones Jr. said on a radio show that he believes he could have beaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. if they fought, but he thinks he would have struggled against Manny Pacquiao.

“The young Roy Jones, Jr. would probably beat Floyd Mayweather, Jr., because basically Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and James Toney fight with the same style,” he said on DBoxing Source, according to Boxing Scene. “My style is a different style to theirs.”

“But when you come back and start talking about Manny Pacquiao, he’s a whole different animal. He’s a southpaw who throws bombs. You’ve got to survive his power first, then you deal with him. That’s still left to be seen. Of course with my size I’ll beat him, but if I was in his weight class, that would be a good fight to see.”

It’s surprising that Roy, who is cocky enough to believe he can still be a champion, would actually say another fighter would have given him problems. At least he’s humble enough to admit Pac Man would have been a challenge.

You won’t find someone who was a bigger fan of Roy in the ’90s than me, but I don’t think it’s a given he would have beaten Floyd. I think the two of them would have felt each other out plenty because they’re exceptionally quick. I think a fight between them would have ended in an extremely close decision. His point about Pacquiao is also an important one. Though Manny looked vulnerable against Juan Manuel Marquez, Roy’s quotes reinforce what is so important to recognize about fights: it’s all about styles.

Roy Jones Jr. Knockout Video Shows he Needs to Retire to Protect his Health

Roy Jones Jr. is following the same sad path many aging boxers do — fighting well past the point they should. When we found out Roy was fighting two months ago, we asked one simple question: why? Jones Jr. was thoroughly embarrassed by Joe Calzaghe in 2008 which should have been a direct hint he needed to retire. His loss to Danny Green the next year was equally bad. But that didn’t deter Roy from taking a fight he shouldn’t have, and he paid the price.

Jones Jr. was knocked nekked by Denis Lebedev during his fight Saturday evening in Russia to the point smelling salts could barely wake him up. Check out this video of the brutal knockout he suffered:

Roy, you used to be great, but you’re old and no longer able to protect yourself in the ring. Please stop fighting for the sake of your health. We want to see and hear you provide competent fight analysis on HBO in the future, not struggling to form sentences when you speak. Please, please, please give it up. Boxing fans are begging you.

Roy Jones Jr. Is Still Fighting. Why?

Roy Jones Jr. is 42 years old, 54-7 overall, and he’s lost his last two fights in a row. Sadly, like so many other former legends in the ring, Jones Jr. hasn’t figured out that it’s time to quit and instead he continues to sully his once pristine legacy every time he takes the ring.

Luckily for him, most fans don’t notice.

Jones Jr. has signed on to fight yet again, this time against Denis Lebedev on May 22 in Moscow. They’ll fight at cruiserweight where Roy hopes the 200-pound weight limit will give him advantage over his 31-year-old opponent.

The way he’s looked his last two fights — a loss to Bernard Hopkins and this butt kicking by Danny Green — the only ring he should be worried about is the one he aspires to receive in heaven.

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Roy Jones Jr. Destroyed in First Round by Danny Green

Maybe Roy Jones Jr. thought that if he fought in Australia nobody back in the U.S. would hear about how poorly he performed. Guess he was wrong. Jones Jr. got destroyed by Danny Green in Sydney on Wednesday, losing by TKO in the first round. A right hand to the head knocked him down about halfway through the round and he was rendered defenseless after receiving a 10 count. The only difference between this pathetic effort and Roy’s debacle against Joe Calzaghe is that this one didn’t last long enough for him to be thoroughly embarrassed. Anyway, here’s video of the Danny Green/Roy Jones Jr. fight:

Jones Jr.’s moves are the same, his stance remains the same, and his footwork is just the way it’s always been. The only difference — and it’s a huge one — is that Roy lacks the speed and movement that used to separate him from everyone else. Roy used to be a blur in the ring — someone who couldn’t get caught by a punch. Now, he’s just a sitting duck. We asked him to retire after his sorry performance a year ago against Calzaghe. I don’t even know what to say anymore. At 54-6, he’s just an embarrassment ruining his legacy. I hope he cancels his fight with Bionic Man Bernard Hopkins.

Roy Jones Jr. Calls Oscar De La Hoya a ‘Quit’ from Pacquiao Fight

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Let’s see, Roy Jones Jr. is hanging on way past his prime, presumably to make money like most other boxers do. He got his head handed to him by Joe Calzaghe last November but still came back for two more fights since, winning both. Oscar De La Hoya recently wrote that he felt Jones Jr. continues to fight because of ego, not money; he says Roy wants to prove he’s still a top fighter. De La Hoya said Roy should retire because he’s done. Roy obviously didn’t take to that opinion very well and has now spoken:

“Yeah, well, I ain’t quit like he did, did I? I don’t even think he’s got enough respect to talk to me. I never gave up. He gave up to a smaller man. I don’t owe no explanation for that. I don’t even think he earned the right tot talk to me. I ain’t never quite. Got cut and still went on against what they called pound-for-pound one of the best fighters out there and never thought about quitting. I feel like I owe that to the fans. I feel like if they paid to see me fight, they should get a whole fight whether I’m getting my behind whooped or I’m whooping behind, they deserve a whole fight. I ain’t never quit in the ring so don’t tell me what I need to do.”

No doubt Jones Jr. is oozing with confidence from his win over Jeff Lacy two weeks ago. He was bragging about his handspeed from that fight during the interview and suggested he wants to fight Anderson Silva from MMA. The interview also confirmed De La Hoya’s feelings — that Roy still feels he’s a top fighter. But Jones Jr. is definitely correct about Oscar quitting. Both guys are right and it would have been nice if we didn’t have to experience either process as fans.

Roy Jones Jr. Fighting on MMA and Boxing March Badness Card, Will it Work?

My buddy HG at You Been Blinded came up with this idea a while ago and I thought it was genius: why not satisfy both crowds of fight fans with a joint MMA and boxing card? Figuring out how to work a steel cage or octagon and boxing ring in the same venue is kind of tricky, but I think it would go over well if you could swing it. Well apparently Roy Jones Jr. thought outside the box and came up with a good way to pitch his upcoming fight:

The boxing-MMA card — called “March Badness” — takes place Saturday, March, 21. Jones Jr. will fight his “homecoming” light heavyweight bout against the always tough Omar Sheika. Headlining the MMA portion of the card will be Seth Petruzelli, the man responsible for knocking out Kimbo Slice. He takes on Doug Marshall. According to a press release, three-time NCAA wrestling champion and Wrestlemania star Bob Lashley will fight in an MMA bout.

The star power for this fight is somewhat light but the idea behind it is great. I’m really intrigued to see how this works. And good to see that the beating Roy took from Calzaghe hasn’t cost him his creative brain cells — he needs them to try and get people to buy one of his fights now that he’s over the hill.