By Rick Reeno
Roy Jones Jr. (55-8, 40 KOs), a former four division world champion, is looking to turn back the clock on June 30th in Lodz, Poland. For the third time since 2009, Jones will travel overseas to face a big hometown puncher. In 2009, he traveled to Australia and was stopped in the first round by Danny Green. Two years later, in May of 2011, he landed in Moscow and put on a respectable performance before Denis Lebedev knocked him out in the tenth round.
This time around, Jones has a bigger prize at the end of the rainbow. If Jones is able to defeat Kostecki, he will then face WBC cruiserweight champion Krystof Wlodarczyk. Both Kostecki and Wlodarczyk are under the same promotional banner in Poland.
“I'm fighting David Kostecki on June 30th in Poland. I can't wait. I'm looking forward to it. Kostecki is good fighter. He's a light heavyweight guy who basically copied my style, but sometimes it’s fun to deal with yourself in the mirror. So I’m going to go see how much he learned,” Jones told BoxingScene.com.
“They made me even hungrier when they told me that [I would face Wlodarczyk next]. If that's the case, that's what I'm really in the game looking for - the cruiserweight title. If this is the key to the cruiserweight title - here I come.”
Last week, BoxingScene.com's Bill Emes spoke with 47-year-old Bernard Hopkins, who explained his reasons for continuing his career. In the last two weeks, several boxers who are younger than Hopkins, and the 43-year-old Roy Jones, announced their retirements. Although the boxers are years younger - Winky Wright, Shane Mosley and Antonio Margarito felt it was time to walk away from the ring.
Jones explained his own reasons for continuing to fight.
“It's just being motivated and having a good time with it. I love what I do. Those guys are not having fun with what they do. And to give you a perfect example - Winky Wright took off 18 months and came back and fought Paul Williams - stupid move. How can you come back as a non-puncher and fight a guy who throws more punches than anyone else in the ring? You're telling me that after 18 months off you think you're going to come back and throw more punches than Paul Williams...are you serious? You're not going to knock him out because you're no puncher, so after 18 months you come back and fight the busiest guy in the sport...bad move,” Jones said.
“Secondly, you stay off again and come back against another up and coming fighter. You will never get yourself right like that. It's like me playing basketball. I play basketball about four days a week. If I quit for two years, I probably would never be able to make a comeback from that because I would be gone. Once you are out of it, you are out of it."
“Shane Mosley on the other hand has had some good fights at the end of his career but you haven’t seen Shane Mosley show the will to win in a long time. He didn’t try to beat Pacquiao, he didn't try to beat Mayweather, he didn't try to beat Alvarez. In his last three or four fights, he hasn't been trying to win. Let me take that back, he may have been trying a little bit harder with Alvarez and just came up short. But his last three or four fights he hasn't been trying to win. You hurt Floyd worse than anybody else ever had and then you stopped. You get dropped by Pacquaio and you put it in reverse and took off. You're not trying to win.
"Bernard Hopkins, as ugly and dirty as he is, he is always trying to find a way to win - even if it means breaking a guy's leg to get a win. That's the difference. Although ugly, although it's not the most stylistic, he still has the will to win. When you lose the will to win, that's when you sit your behind down."