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There was a time when Roy Jones Jr. was considered the best boxer on the planet. Roy Jones Jr is a boxing legend who had an absolutely incredible run around the turn of the millennium. Between 1997 and 2002, the guy won and defended every single light heavyweight boxing title on the planet that matters. Then, in 2003, he actually won the WBA heavyweight title, pushing his record to 49-1 and becoming the first boxer in history to start out as a light middleweight and go on to win a heavyweight title.
Sadly, those days are long gone. Former champion of the world Roy Jones Jr. is still boxing at age 46, and while he won his fight on Sunday night against Eric Watkins by sixth-round knockout, the whole thing was pretty sad.
Jones Jr. has ventured into the promotional world, but still wants to get back inside the ring, and already has two more fights lined up. But with a record of 62-8 he has little left to prove.
The fight took place at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. Watkins, whose lifetime record as a professional is 12-10-2, couldn’t handle the strength of Jones, and couldn’t seem to avoid Jones’ punches … even though he wasn’t moving very fast.
Jones Jr. still has his name, and if he wants to fight, no one can really stop him. But this is really a drag to watch, and while Jones may be able to beat up on lesser fighters in the lower circuit, he can’t really believe he’d be able to hang with top-level fighters.