Joe Calzaghe Destroys Roy Jones...If Anyone Is Surprised, Blame "24/7"
If there was any argument as to why the HBO hit boxing series, "24/7" won a Sports Emmy Award, the debate ended promptly when Joe Calzaghe convincingly destroyed Roy Jones Jr., on Saturday night.
Since the show debuted, they have done a masterful job of convincing fans that the fight they were previewing was going to be competitive.
They did it in the prelude to the May 2007 Floyd Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya fight, the December '07 Floyd Mayweather vs. Ricky Hatton battle, and leading up to Saturday night's supposed collision, the folks at HBO worked their magic again.
They convinced some fans and well-informed experts that Jones actually stood a chance against Calzaghe.
But much to the likes of the other main events showcased by "24/7," "The Battle of the Superpowers" was completely one-sided.
Despite a first-round knockdown, (which wasn't a flash knockdown) Calzaghe battered Jones for at least 10 of the 12 rounds, leading to a clear unanimous decision against the future Hall-of-Famer.
During most of fight, Calzaghe dropped his defense, shimmied, danced, and mocked Jones while well within his striking distance.
Roy was just too slow, too passive, and might have been too uninterested in the fight.
But if you thought that Roy stood a chance, you should blame yourself more.
Talent wise, Jones is always going to have a feasible shot at victory in the ring, but Saturday was more about the simple aesthetics of the sweet science—which Jones seemed to lack.
Jones has never been a technical defense enthusiast. Throughout his career, he usually relied on his agility and speed to move out the way of his opponent's punches.
But what happens when you combine lack of defense, a 10-month layoff, and a just as fast and capable opponent?
The answer was shown on Roy's face, as he was cut for the first time in his professional boxing career—a nasty gash over his left eyelid which opened up, by a punch, in the seventh round.
Jones also didn't have the adequate footwork, nor was his stamina enough to keep up with "Super" Joe.
He regularly worked himself into a corner, hoping to counterpunch, which is and has always been his style, but not when his opponent's work-rate is relentless and throws almost 1,000 punches.
In the leadup to the fight, Calzaghe mentioned that he couldn't fight Jones like he fought Hopkins in regards to peppering his adversary with open-handed punches, better known as slapping.
Joe said that he had to hit Jones, but he didn't do too much of that.
He slapped more than he punched, which is typical Calzaghe style, but when he did land clean punches, it was to Jones's body, and it slowed Roy down substantially. It is even debatable if Jones's graphic gash on his face was from a clean punch, or a flurry of slaps.
The 118-109 brutality was almost as demolishing as Joe's fight against Jeff Lacy, as Calzaghe landed 344 of his 985 thrown punches.
Jones threw 475.
This could have very well been Jones's worse loss of his career, considering the fact that outside of the first round, he simply was not competitive.
At least in his losses to Antonio Tarver, it was close, and even when was he knocked out in the second round of their third fight, he convincingly won the first round.
When he fought Glen Johnson, he was at least in the fight, only down by two points at most by the ninth and final round.
But after he suffered those three consecutive losses, although he made a "comeback" it wasn't sufficient enough for him to challenge Joe Calzaghe.
His so-called comeback can't possibly be validated regarding who he fought—Prince Badi-Ajamu, Anthony Hanshaw, and Felix Trinidad. Two no names, especially if you didn't watch ShoBox: The Next Generation a few years back, and a blown-up middleweight.
Not to mention, it was Tito's first fight in two-and-a-half years. HBO's Jim Lampley probably said it best. While Jones was fighting Trinidad in January, he asked "How do you make a 39-year-old look good?" He answered his own question, "You fight a 35-year-old middleweight who hasn't fought in two years."
On the other end, Calzaghe stayed active, facing off better opposition against Bernard Hopkins, Mikkel Kessler, Peter Manfredo Jr., and Sakio Bika, all within about two years.
Until Saturday, Jones hasn't fought in 10 months. His preparation had to have been flawed, but on "24/7," the godly series had a scene in which they showed Roy Jones sparring.
They mentioned that throughout his camp, his sparring sessions were exclusively with in-area fighters (California, PA) who were looking for a shot and to have some fun.
Can anyone name me five—no, not even, three decent boxers out of California, PA in the last decade?
The HBO series didn't have too much coverage on Calzaghe's sparring sessions to my knowledge, but it would be safe to assume that his partners were at least fighters who somewhat emulated Roy's style and not just some in-area fighters who consider boxing a hobby and were looking to have a little fun.
This is just general knowledge. It's no coincidence that "24/7" didn't pay any in-depth attention to Roy's so-called comeback trail.
If they did, the public would see that all three of the fights went all 12 rounds and he struggled and got tired at times. If they featured that information at all, the public would have figured that Roy Jones didn't have much of a chance.
So what's next for each fighter?
"Super" Joe Calzaghe said that if he won, he would retire, but in typical boxer fashion, he seemingly backed away from that claim after Saturday, saying that he wants to enjoy the night before he thinks about another fight.
The most logical fight for Joe, if he were to fight again, would be against IBF Champion Chad Dawson, who according to reports, sent out press releases calling out Calzaghe immediately after the fight.
The only downside is that it's not a big-money fight for Calzaghe, and frankly, he doesn't have much else to prove in boxing. The other option would be a rematch with B-Hop, but don't be too surprised if that doesn't happen.
On the other end, Roy said that he doesn't know what the next step is. Before the fight, he claimed that he would fight again, win or lose—maybe that wouldn't be the wisest choice for the 39-year-old.
Maybe he should gracefully bow out now before he ends up like his two other colleagues who continue to fight despite being well beyond their best years, James Toney and Evander Holyfield.
Only time reveals, but time isn't in either of their corners.
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