Roy Jones Jr. Will Add to Legendary Profile in Victory Despite Age

Jake MartinCorrespondent IIIDecember 10, 2011

LAS VEGAS - MARCH 30:  Boxer Roy Jones Jr. works out at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino March 30, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jones will face Bernard Hopkins in a light heavyweight bout on April 3 in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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At the age 42, Roy Jones Jr.’s victory tonight will add to his legend.

Anytime a player in sports—or in this case, a boxer—competes at a high level and excels, it’s quite miraculous. It’s hard for these athletes to accept that the sport has passed them by, and when they continue to compete at a high level in a young man’s game, it’s quite honorable.

However, Jones has lost three fights in a row to Danny Green, Bernard Hopkins and Denis Lebedev, but tonight is Jones' opportunity to go out on top.

Jones has had an incredible boxing career, and you can only hope for a guy like that to go out with a bang and retire with a victory. You see too often in other sports, players and fighters hang around and somewhat tarnish their legend.

Don’t believe me? Why don’t you ask Brett Favre if he could do everything all over again, would he have came back after retiring? What about Chuck Liddell’s getting knocked out time and time again?

It’s human nature, and for these athletes who compete at a high level, it’s hard to face reality. I’m hoping that Jones will face reality after this fight with Max Alexander tonight, and I believe he will.

Even at the age of 42, Jones is still better than a lot of these guys. Alexander has a puncher’s chance in this fight, and that’s about it.

I look for Jones to stick and move and out-box this guy in route to a stoppage. This would set up a perfect setting in a post fight interview, and allow Jones to walk away from the sport with a win. Will he do it?

I wouldn’t bet on it, but a guy can dream, can’t he?