Roy Jones Jr. to Take on Fan in 'UR Fight' Campaign, Fan Could Win $100,000

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2016

Former world boxing champion Roy Jones Jr  attends a press conference after picking up  his Russian passport on Tuesday, in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. His Russian citizenship was granted earlier  by President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
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Rumors have swirled recently regarding the potential retirement of 47-year-old boxer Roy Jones Jr., but the former champion apparently isn't done with the sport yet. 

According to CBS Sports' Robby Kalland, Jones is set to participate in the "UR Fight" campaign and square off against one daring fan. The fan would take home $100,000 with a win. 

The promotion's official website notes interested challengers must submit 90-second videos touting their skills for a chance to trade blows with Jones.

Jones was most recently seen in the ring in December, when he suffered a fourth-round knockout loss to Enzo Maccarinelli in Moscow after gaining Russian citizenship.

Since then, major players in the boxing world have called for Jones (62-9, 45 KOs) to retire, including Lennox Lewis:

Lennox Lewis @LennoxLewis

.@RealRoyJonesJr It's time bro! 😞

Lennox Lewis @LennoxLewis

It's not always an easy distinction from "one fight more" and "one fight too many." They look the same until ur in them! #Lennoxism

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On Wednesday, ESPN.com's Dan Rafael passed along word from Square Ring Promotions CEO John Wirt, who confirmed Jones is still pondering whether to call it quits: 

Roy has not yet made an official decision about retiring, but in the past, he has always mentioned that he wants to do his last fight in Pensacola. I spoke to his manager, McGee [Wright], about it and he said that he has not discussed [a farewell fight] with Roy because this is something for Roy to bring up if and when Roy decides to do it.

Jones reinforced that notion with a message on Twitter, saying he'll make an official announcement on his own terms:

Although his career may be coming to a close in less-than-spectacular fashion, fans will always remember Jones for his ability to capture titles in four different weight classes and his ridiculous 34-0 run that included a unanimous-decision victory over Bernard Hopkins in 1993. 

As that track record indicates, no one should take Jones lightly—even if his skills have waned considerably.

So to whichever fan earns the right to duel with the aged fighter, best of luck. 


Stats courtesy of BoxRec.com.


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