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Trainer: Roy Jones' Hand Speed Still Incredible, Skills Give Edge Over Mike Tyson

Tom Yankello, the current trainer of former four division world champion Roy Jones Jr, believes his boxer would consider the possibility of continuing to fight - but only against other legends.

Jones, 51-years-old, will return to the ring on November 28 in Los Angeles, when he faces former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.

Their bout, an eight round exhibition, will headlined a pay-per-view event.

Tyson, 54-year-old, retired from the sport in 2005 - when he suffered a knockout loss at the hands of Kevin McBride.

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Jones has been far more active, with his last fight taking place in 2018.

Yankello could see Jones continue his in-ring appearances - if the fights were against legends on the level of Evander Holyfield or Bernard Hopkins.

"I don't think he would fight to just fight again. It would have to be a very presentable challenge to spark his interest again. There's been talks, like Bernard Hopkins and Antonio Tarver were saying they would want to fight again. He didn't really comment on it too much but I just know if one of those guys were to present that challenge, I don't see him turning it down," Yankello told The Sun.

"I know those two guys, and he hasn't said this before but someone like Evander Holyfield, they would spark his interest to box again. I don't think there's anyone else out there, it would have to be a legend.

"His hand speed is still incredible. I don't think his hand speed has decreased at all, he's as fast as he was when I worked with him nine, almost ten years ago. His mobility is not maybe quite the same but he still has great agility, he's kept himself in great shape."

Jones captured world titles at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and even heavyweight.

"A lot of the things he did in the lighter weight classes, at middleweight and super middleweight, those will be the things that he will bring to the table for this fight [with Mike Tyson]. Knowing the blueprint that has given Mike Tyson trouble in the past are things Roy does very well," Yankello said.

"This fight is at heavyweight but he has the skillset of a middleweight or super middleweight and heavyweights are bigger guys that carry more power but the skillset of the guys at the lower weights have and still are better."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Lefty0616 on 11-09-2020

The hand speed is incredible......but the chin and the heart are not.

Comment by powershots on 11-09-2020

I like Roy he's been one of my favorites. But, he might still have fast hands for his legs and chin are gone! He cant stay on the ropes with a high guard and let Tyson work. Tyson will kO…

Comment by markther on 11-09-2020

[QUOTE=hugh grant;20872671]Rjj chin has always been suspect but he disguised it by not being hit. He will disguise it once again that's all i m saying[/QUOTE] He will disguise it like he did (5) other times when he was stopped…

Comment by markther on 11-09-2020

[QUOTE=Dip_Slide;20872739]He has no chin now for sure, but the question would be if Mike has the same type of accuracy he once had, which was his biggest problem ever since he was 30, and if that devastating power is still…

Comment by Since1976 on 11-09-2020

It's not about the hand speed!? It's about the ability to take a punch & the legs. Lost mobility when he lost leg muscle coming down in weight & never took correct steps to fixe it.

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