In March of 1997, Roy Jones Jr. controversially lost his first professional fight to Montell Griffin by disqualification.
Legendary Eddie Futch was Montell Griffin's trainer and the game plan Futch had devised for the fight focused Griffin's attention on taking advantage of Roy Jones Jr.'s avoidance of basic fundamentals of boxing and technical errors.
In the early going, Griffin had accumulated a lead on the scorecards against Jones.
Up until his match against Griffin, Jones had never faced more difficulty with an opponent.
By the ninth round, Jones had made the necessary adjustments and reclaimed the lead in the fight on the scorecards.
He dropped Griffin in the ninth and had the fight at-hand.
While Griffin took a knee to avoid Jones' onslaught, Roy continued dishing out punishment, landing two further blows.
Griffin sunk to the canvass and was awarded the victory by disqualification.
Roy Jones Jr. immediately demanded a rematch and was granted one the following August.
When Jones stepped into the ring in the rematch, he was a 5-1 favorite to avenge the only defeat of his career.
It turned out nobody as an amateur or a professional had ever faced a Roy Jones so determined to make a statement.
Within 25 seconds, Jones had scored a knockout with a shocking left hook.
Jones Jr. never fought an opponent like Montell Griffin with the aggression and determination to blow him out.
In a career filled with highlight reel knockouts, no fight underlined the possible career Roy Jones might have had like this fight.
Abandoning his usual approach for safety and minimizing risk, Jones looked to demonstrate in the most decisive way possible why his ability was second-to-none in the history of boxing.
The irony after his devastating knockout victory was that Jones seemed defiant that he'd been forced to perform at this level against an opponent as if there were something wrong in maximizing his potential inside the ring.
Such is the legacy Roy Jones Jr. has left behind.
We're all left to wonder what might have been while, sadly, he continues to erode his achievements by getting knocked out cold by people who wouldn't have been able to lace his gloves while he was in his prime.
This video shows Jones at his peak.
Blindingly fast, more athleticism than anyone in the history of boxing and a skill-set that would give anyone a world of trouble should Jones choose to simply employ it.