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Roy Jones Jr. Should Never Be Licensed to Fight Again

LAS VEGAS - APRIL 03:  Roy Jones Jr. appears with a cut over his left eye after his loss by unanimous decision to Bernard Hopkins in their light heavyweight bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center April 3, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Dean FentonCorrespondent IMay 22, 2011

Any boxing commission that issues a license to fight for Roy Jones Jr. in the future will have completely ignored its obligations.  One of the primary obligations of the boxing commission is to ensure that no one is allowed in the ring who is a danger to himself by being there.  For his own good, Roy Jones should never be given another license.  It shouldn't be allowed to happen but, no doubt,  it will. 

Roy Jones was the P4P king for years and fought with heart and skill to dominate his competition.  Those days are over.  They've been over for at least 6-7 years.  At this point, he risks his health and life every time he steps into the ring.

Yes, boxing is a brutal sport and every fighter takes a certain amount of risk to both health and life when he agrees to box.  However, there is a difference between reasonable and unreasonable risk.  Roy Jones has crossed that line.

If you haven't watched the knockout administered to Jones by Lebedev, you are probably better off.  Jones wasn't just knocked out, he was knocked unconscious.  It took a significant amount of time before his corner was even able to get him up on a stool, let alone standing again.

Even after the horrific loss to Lebedev, which wasn't a fluke as Jones is 5-7 in his last 12 fights and has been knocked out four times in that span, Jones is apparently considering  continuing to fight.  He shouldn't be allowed to make that choice.

Roy Jones' skills have deteriorated to the point that he can no longer effectively protect himself throughout a 10-round fight.  It doesn't matter that he made it to the 10th round—what matters is what happened in that 10th round.

Jones was a scintillating champion but if he is allowed to continue to fight, he is going to end up a cautionary tale. If Jones refuses to see reality himself, it is incumbent on every boxing commission to refuse to allow Jones to continue on a course that could end up with him permanently injured or dead.

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