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Karmazin on Roy Jones: Health is Worth More Than Money

By Luke Furman

Former world champion Roman Karmazin of Russia feels bad that Roy Jones Jr., 46-years-old, has continued his career.

On December 12th in Moscow, Jones suffered a very vicious knockout defeat at the hands of former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli.

Karmazin, 42-years-old, retired in 2011 after suffering back to back knockout defeats.

Jones became a Russian citizen in September and plans to continue several boxing related ventures in the country. He also says that it's very possible that he might fight again.

"I have not seen the fight [with Maccarinelli] and I do not want to look at it. It is a pity that such a great man has been seduced by money. From what I understand, he now has a problem with his finances, and because of that he dives into everything that is possible. But to go into a fight when you are absolutely not ready... I think health is worth a lot more [than money]," Karmazin told Soviet Sport.

"Of course,Roy Jones is a great boxer, I even copied him at one time and took a lot from him - but eventually I realized that there are boxers who are much better than him. The same cane be said about Kostya Tszyu, who I also picked up a lot of things from, [and felt he was] much steeper [with his boxing skills] than Jones."

Karmazin has been training fighters in Russia for several years and plans to move over to the United States to continue training fighters. He intends to assist the stable of manager Vadim Kornilov, who has several tops names like Ruslan Provodnikov, Viktor Postol and others.

Luke Furman covers boxing for bosker.org.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ShoulderRoll on 12-26-2015

[QUOTE=Cuban Linx;16351936]But how much is HBO paying though? Kellerman's HBO salary is reported to be $550,000 / year I would assume Roy is somewhere in that ball park. At least I hope he is.[/QUOTE] I have no idea how much…

Comment by Cuban Linx on 12-26-2015

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;16351051]I hope it's not true that Roy is in financial trouble. With all the money he made in his career and with the [B]HBO broadcasting gig he shouldn't be having money problems[/B].[/QUOTE] But how much is HBO paying though? Kellerman's…

Comment by socialteach on 12-26-2015

I hope everyone refuses to issue a license to Roy. I don't want him to die in the ring.

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 12-26-2015

I hope it's not true that Roy is in financial trouble. With all the money he made in his career and with the HBO broadcasting gig he shouldn't be having money problems.

Comment by NEETzsche on 12-26-2015

roy's license needs to be taken away tbh. the russians all seem unanimous in wanting him to hang them up. they seem genuinely fond of him over there so i'm sure roy will find something to do

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