By Kevin Francis courtesy of The Daily Star
LIGHT-heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been warned about the “dark shadows” that could mess his life up.
The message comes from someone who knows all about lifestyle problems – former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson.
Tyson, a keen follower of UFC, does not want to see fellow New Yorker Jones hit a slippery path.
Jones, the youngest UFC champ at 24, has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence following a car crash and is currently on bail.
‘Bones’ Jones is the only fighter sponsored by the UFC promotion itself and his arrest was a real shock.
Tyson’s dramatic fall from grace was played out in public and he says this time is now vital in Jones’ career and life.
He said: “I had millions of dollars during my life but I didn’t have a support system. I had a bad support system, so I received bad support. Nobody really knows Jon Jones and he is now in a time that is vital to his career. We know him as a great fighter and the way he carries himself, as a great individual, a humanitarian.
“But is he going to let the bright lights and the dark shadows invade his life? Will he be one of those rising meteors that flies through the air and lights the world up, but then dies down in a moment? I hope not.”
Jones makes the next defense of his title against Dan Henderson in Las Vegas at UFC 151 on September 2.
He said: “You live and you learn from mistakes.
“Hopefully I can use some of my downfalls to make myself better, make people around me better and show that you can come back from anything.”