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Venue Named For Roy Jones-Max Alexander 12/10 Clash

By Jake Donovan

The cruiserweight clash between former four-division champion Roy Jones and Max Alexander officially has a home. Their 10-round battle will headline a December 10 card at the newly renovated AmericasMart in Downtown Atlanta.

Jones (54-8, 40KO) attempts to end a three-fight skid as he performs in Atlanta for the first time in his legendary career. The Pensacola (FL) native has fought throughout the Southeast, but never in the Peachtree State.

His last ring appearance ended in disaster, landing on the wrong end of a highlight reel 10th round knockout at the hands of top cruiserweight contender Denis Lebedev this past May in Moscow. The surprisingly competitive bout took a terrible turn for the worst when Jones was nailed with an overhand right that left him frozen. Lebedev paused and turned towards referee Steve Smoger in hopes of stopping the fight, before landing one more right hand that put Jones down face first.

The loss was Jones’ third straight, having also dropped a landslide decision to Bernard Hopkins in April ’10 and a humbling first round knockout against Danny Green four months prior in Australia.

Jones had won five of his last six prior to his current losing streak, including dominant wins over fellow faded former champions Felix Trinidad and Jeff Lacy. The future Hall-of-Famer has won titles in four weight classes, including becoming the first former middleweight champion in more than a century to capture a portion of the heavyweight crown when he outpointed John Ruiz in March 2003.

The win over Ruiz was a one-and-done affair at heavyweight, having dropped back down to light heavyweight after failed attempts to secure bouts with Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and then-lineal champion Lennox Lewis.

His showdown with Alexander will mark his second straight bout at cruiserweight, having fought at a career heavy 198 ¼ for his aforementioned loss to Lebedev.

Based out of Camden, New Jersey, Alexander (14-5-1, 2KO) has fought in four separate countries in his past four bouts. The clash with Jones serves as the opportunity of a lifetime for the former reality show participant, who was undefeated heading into Season Three of “The Contender” in 2007, but has since gone winless in his last six contests.

Also appearing on the card will be unbeaten Chris Howard, who faces Frankie Archuleta in a regional title fight in the evening’s co-feature.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter at twitter.com/JakeNDaBox or submit questions/comments to [email protected]
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ivansmamma on 10-21-2011

[QUOTE=richardt;11308307]This is fuking sick!! Jones past the point of being shot!!! Anyone involved in the matchmaking of Jones against anyone should rot in hell. Jones is going to wind up unable to speak in complete sentences. He even complained of…

Comment by Achille on 10-21-2011

I see Roy is finally getting a new trainer, hopefully he is not just a yes man trying to get a check. Hopefully Tom Yankello will put some fire on Roy by being real with him during training. Tell Roy…

Comment by prinzemanspopa on 10-18-2011

If Roy wants to give himself and the fans the satisfaction of being knocked out by a brush of the temple,who are any of you haters to deny him that? Y'all musta forgot!

Comment by hvirk on 10-18-2011

it's pretty simple.... roy's an ex-fighter who's strugglinf to come to terms with the end of his career..... he's depressed.... he want's to kill himself.... this guy needs help..... i honestly thought he was dead against lebedev, if he can't…

Comment by wazaa. on 10-18-2011

I hope Roy gets robbed of a victory.

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