Roy Jones Says Today's Fighters Focused on Talk, Not Taking Risks

By Miguel Rivera

According to former four division world champion Roy Jones Jr., today's fighters are not taking enough risks and doing too much talking.

Jones, who captured belts at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight,  recalled when he took a huge risk by moving from the light heavyweight limit of 175-pounds to challenge John Ruiz for the WBA heavyweight belt in 2003. Jones won a twelve round unanimous decision.

"For example, Julio Cesar Chávez fought with everyone. We knew we could win or lose. It's about doing it for the fans. Today's superstars speak for the sake of speaking.," Jones told Erika Montoya.


Jones feels too many boxers are trying to emulate former five division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., who retired from the sport in September 2015. He earned a reported $300 million for his mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao in May 2015, and he walked away undefeated with a 49-0 record. 

"He changed the way we looks at boxing and it's hard not to want to follow him because he made more money than anyone else. If someone tries do what Floyd did, it will not work. If we have a great athlete, we want to see him challenged... at least by facing the very best and not just any guy," Jones said.

"Boxing is the worst sport to lose at, because if you lose then they say that you are no longer good at doing this and that's not the case. In the UFC, guys lose and nothing happens... what they do is put them right back in a good fight. Floyd, he made a lot of money because he proved that he couldn't be figured out. He is one of the most intelligent fighters that came around the sport."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by robertzimmerman on 01-10-2017

[QUOTE=BoxHec;17341796]Thanks, yes I think Benn was afraid of nobody, big puncher + strong chin gave you all confidence! Toney/Benn will have been explosive! about RJJ, three years after his last fight at 160 he also fought the then unbeaten light…

Comment by BoxHec on 01-10-2017

[QUOTE=robertzimmerman;17326213]Good post. Roy did take risks. Benn wanted to fight him, but Eubank didn't. A Dariusz Michalczewski fight became impossible to make because neither guy were willing to travel.[/QUOTE] Thanks, yes I think Benn was afraid of nobody, big puncher…

Comment by robertzimmerman on 01-06-2017

[QUOTE=JrRod;17331867]In the interview Byrd states he had to lose 40 lbs in 5 weeks. A bit different from dropping 20 lbs something most LHW do now on a regular basis. It was a poor excuse. And let me tell you…

Comment by SplitSecond on 01-06-2017

[QUOTE=JrRod;17331867]In the interview Byrd states he had to lose 40 lbs in 5 weeks. A bit different from dropping 20 lbs something most LHW do now on a regular basis. It was a poor excuse. And let me tell you…

Comment by JrRod on 01-06-2017

[QUOTE=robertzimmerman;17331850]Another nonsense post. You don't know anything. Roy signed to fight Tarver in September, 2003. In August, he'd been negotiating to fight Corrie Sanders. He'd kept his physique from the Ruiz fight from March, in the hope of landing a…

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