Roy Jones Jr aka “Superman”, “RJ” and “Captain Hook” has done it all—a four-division world champion who has his placed firmly cemented in boxings Hall of Fame.
At the height of his powers, the height of his fame and glory and at a time when his skill set was nonpareil, he reigned supreme over the mere mortals that boxing had to offer.
Fast forward to May 15, 2004 and the enigma and myth that was Jones Jr. imploded before our actual eyes.
The TKO loss he suffered at the hands of Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver orchestrated his fall from grace.
That first stoppage defeat, and at the time only his second loss to date would culminate in a downward spiral—from fistic immortality to mere mortal punching bag.
A sad sight if there ever was one.
Since his first fight with Magic Man which he won via majority decision (a fight no less that some ringside observers had Tarver winning) his record reads an embarrassing 6-7.
With four of those losses coming by way of comatose-esque knockouts—Magic Man, Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson, Danny “The Green Machine” Green (who the hell is he? Just kidding) and Denis “The White Swan” Lebedev.
Still, Jones continues to soldier on, still he believes he’s got what it takes to hang with boxings elite.
The truth be told, Jones (55-8-1) can’t even hang with the low to mid-tier fighters anymore let alone the upper-echelon fighters.
Nevertheless, he can still talk up a good fight, but anyone who knows their boxing knows for a fact that Jones for some time now has evolved into nothing more than a journeyman—a gatekeeper for the next batch of would be champions.
In his latest fight, he took home a unanimous points victory against a cipher fighter in the mould of Max Alexander (14-16-1).
And what did he have to say after the win?
“I’m feeling wonderful. I want a cruiserweight title, the world title,” said Jones, who weighed in at 189 pounds. “This is just a start. I’m not through yet.”
For the sake of his health, for the sake of the integrity of boxing and his fans, Roy Jones Jr is required to shut the **** up.