Advertisement
Advertisement

Roy Jones Talks Revenge, Getting Knocked Out, Robbed

By Rick Reeno

After 17-years of hype and drama, Roy Jones Jr. and Bernard Hopkins will finally meet in the ring for a rematch on April 3rd at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Way back then, Jones won a twelve round decision over Hopkins to win the vacant IBF middleweight title.

Jones is a heavy underdog in the rematch. At one time he was regarded as the best pound for pound fighter in the world. Over the last few years, Jones' career has been sliding up and down. Jones has only won 50% of last 10 fights since 2004. He was stopped in three of those five defeats and took a beating during his 2008 decision loss to Joe Calzaghe. On the other end, Hopkins has been as good as ever. He only lost three fights in his last ten, and two of the losses were very close decisions that could have gone either way.

Jones is not letting the bad breaks bring him down. He plans to raise his game. Hopkins has been his career rival. Because of the revenge factor, Jones promises to raise his game to a level that we haven't seen in years.

"I'm going to teach him that he still can't beat me. It's like Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Boston has the most championships but Magic has the most championships out of the two [players], so no matter how good of a team [Byrd] surrounds himself with, Magic can say 'you still can't beat me.' This is the same thing where he always wants to prove that he's better than me and he's not," Jones told BoxingScene.com.

Last December, Jones traveled overseas for the first time in his professional career. He took on IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green in a very big event in Australia. Green stopped Jones in the first round. The former four division champion told BoxingScene the fight was stopped too soon, and Green had illegally wrapped his hands.

"He wrapped his hands with five layers of wrap; you are only supposed to use two layers. They let him use and adhesive gauze that you are not supposed to use and they let him wrap two hours early. Then when my folks declined the wrap, they said Roy Jones has to either come out and fight or he's disqualified. I was knocked down. It was a good knockdown but when I got up, my [mind] came back very quickly. That's why I asked the ref 'why are you stopping the fight now.' He knocked me down with that hard brick but now he's dead tired and he [the ref] knew he was dead tired. So in two more rounds, [Green] was a dead man," Jones said.

During his career, Jones, more so than any other fighter, was very outspoken about the dangers of fighting for too long. After being stopped three times, Jones has refused to hang up the gloves. Jones has a much different view on the setbacks.

"Let's understand this. Even with the brick, had I got knocked out three times and stayed out, then I would have been concerned. But I got two knockdowns and knocked out. The first Tarver knockdown I got up and they stopped the fight. In the Danny Green fight I got up and I was [mentally] well, and they stopped the fight. The only time that I've been knocked out was against Glen Johnson and my body was totally dehydrated then so that's to be accepted. If I was getting knocked out every time, or if I was getting hurt every time that I was getting hit, or every time I get hit in the gym I was hurt - then I wouldn't even waste my time fighting," Jones said.

Tags:
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Lacrimosa on 02-13-2010

[QUOTE=geribeetus;7491694]i disagree that the jones fight could've went either way, but he was making roy look real vulnerable the last few several rounds.[/QUOTE] The article says that two out of three Bernard`s last fights were close. I say that all…

Comment by Illdil on 02-13-2010

Well Roy was done a long time ago and he still thinks he is immortal a fighter that could never b beat!! Roy is like is like achilies he's only weakness is he's age when Roy was in his early…

Comment by MASSMAN on 02-13-2010

Roy continues to lie to himself and tries to justify why he should keep fighting because he gets up from being knocked down. He gets up but he gets up wobbly. That Tarver knock out was crucial!! I dont know…

Comment by ghost deini on 02-13-2010

i hope roy smacks the taste out of bernard's mouth

Comment by DigitalBeast on 02-13-2010

[[email protected];7492415]jones suffered a bloated ego ever since. he didnt realized he is over.[/QUOTE] Jones isn't "over". :dunce:

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (35)
Top Headlines Mosley: They Said I Was Done, I'm Going To Annihilate Avanesyan! Ricky Burns: I Feel I Definitely Have Another Few Years in Me Donnie Nietes Drops, Punishes and Stops Raul Garcia Photos: Lucian Bute Holds Presser, Maintains His Innocence Cecilia Braekhus is Hoping To Stage Title Defense in Norway DiBella: Haye's Last Bout Hard To Watch, Not in Running For Wilder Avanesyan Tabs Thurman To Beat Porter, Ready For Mosley Weights From Liverpool: Bellew 199.1; Makabu 196.8 Golovkin's Coach: Canelo Would Drill Pacquiao Worse Than Khan! Lara's Trainer: Golovkin Should Want To Test Himself Against Lara Frank Warren: Kell Brook Wanted No Part of Liam Smith Hearn: Ricky Burns' Last Chance To Win Gold, a 50-50 Fight Tony Bellew Smiles: I Was Always a Rebellious Little F***er! Hearn Wants Parker To Get UK Exposure To Build Joshua Bout Video: Shane Mosley Shows Off His Power and Speed at Workout Marquez Injured, Stops Training - But Still Has Eye on Miguel Cotto Barthelemy: I Want To Fight The Likes of Crawford and Broner Dela Torre Injures Right Hand, Admits Improvement is Needed Photos: Orlando Salido Closes Camp For Francisco Vargas War Mosley-Avanesyan: Winner To Receive WBA Title Shot? Parker's Promoter Vows: We'll KO Joshua, Haye, Chisora, Fury! Kauffman Rips Wilder: Took The Easy Way Out, I Beat Arreola's Ass! Jarrell Miller Demolishes Nick Guivas, Dela Torre Struggles in Win Photos: Shane Mosley, David Avanesyan - Face To Face at Weighin Video: Shane Mosley vs. David Avanesyan Official Weighin Photos: Rances Barthelemy Putting in Work For Mickey Bey Defense Chavez Jr. Says Training Pact With Freddie Roach is Stronger Now Donnie Nietes Very Happy With Casimero's World Title Victory Photos/Weights: Miguel Vazquez vs. Erick Bone, More Avanesyan's Coach: Mosley Has Declined, We'll Take Advantage Hearn: I Told Loeffler, Eubank Will Sign For Golovkin Right Now Teddy Atlas: McGregor Needs 5 Years of Training For Mayweather Povetkin's Promoter: WBC's Investigation Will Take a Few Months Casimero: I Can Drop Chocolatito Just Like I Dropped Ruenroeng! Video: Shane Mosley vs. Cruiserweight Dimar Ortuz - Sparring Eddie Hearn Believes Ricky Burns is Still The Same Fighter Whyte Says Chisora Punked Out, Backed Down From Challenge WBC Prez Applauds Pacquiao For Turning Back on Olympic Offer Haye vs. Gjergjaj Peaked at 2.5 Million Viewers For Channel Dave Hearn: Everton Event Will Be Great For Community
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement