Roy Jones, Jr. has lost four of his past seven bouts, including three losses in his four most recent fights.
Still, the 43 years-old fighter can’t seem to be able to give it up.
What is wrong with him? Does anyone remember the bad beating he took while facing Denis Lebedev in 2011? Jones lost by a brutal knockout and stayed down for a long time. Once a boxing legend, Junior is seeing his legacy being tarnished by sticking too long in the ring.
At the end of March, Jones made the top 10 list of boxers who should throw in the towel. It seems like it won’t happen as he is set to face Dawid Kostecki, alias Gypsy, on June 30 in Poland.
Kostechki hasn’t lost since 2006 and has 39 wins in 40 fights. Jones is currently set as a +175 underdog based on the Las Vegas betting odds.
Although we can’t rule out a Roy Jones victory, this fight is extremely risky for the former champion. Kostecki has a lot of power as demonstrates his 25 knockouts in 39 wins.
Jones’ opponent won’t be easy to defeat. Although he never faced any marquee fighters, Kostecki, 13 years younger than Junior, has almost 200 rounds of experience and is clearly able to land as hard punches as Lebedev.
Junior will also move down from cruiserweight to face Kostecki. For any fighter, it is usually a huge task. However, it’s even harder for an old fighter. The last time Jones decided to move down from weight, it was in 2003 after facing John Ruiz in a heavyweight matchup.
Jones followed with a non convincing controversial win over Antonio Tarver and then lost three straight fights. Junior is at risk in this fight, and I wouldn’t place my money on him.
Junior’s New Challenge: ViSalus
At the end of their career, several athletes struggle either financially or to find a new meaning to their life. However, Junior shouldn’t be concerned with any of those as he already has a new challenge in front of him answering both of these issues.
Indeed, Roy Jones, Jr. has joined several marquee athletes to promote ViSalus Body by Vi 90-day challenge which offers leading health products. Via their informational videos, the company explain the benefits of their challenge.
"Through the Body by Vi Challenge and the products that support it, ViSalus provides life-transforming Health benefits from weight loss and fitness milestones, to better overall health and wellness to enjoy life to the fullest."
As the company specifies, Junior isn’t receiving any compensation from them for joining ViSalus. He is an independent distributor and just like him, anyone in America could join the company and make some money from home while changing the life of many people.
"Because the fight to improve world health and combat obesity is so core to the ViSalus mission, the company makes it a priority to ensure Prosperity for those who Promote the Body by Vi Challenge through millions of dollars in annual bonuses, incentives, and rewards."
It’s Time to Move On
Jones is doing everything he can to help people changing their life by either losing weight, getting muscular mass or simply getting healthier. He seems to love it so much that he even made a live singing performance for the seventh anniversary of the company.
Junior’s new challenge is very honorable, and he clearly has a new meaning to his life. His financial health is also secured with it.
It’s now time for someone close to him to step in and tell him that he should quit boxing. He had an incredible career, but he has to protect his health first. Facing dangerous punchers such as Lebedev or Kostecki can have a direct impact on his health. He has a great new project in front of him in Visalus. Winning a boxing fight, shouldn’t be in his agenda anymore.
In the end, you have to help yourself first in order to help the others.
Throw the towel, Junior. It’s time to move on.