Roy Jones Jr is ready to return the ring subsequent weekend as he takes on fellow boxing legend Mike Tyson of their eagerly-awaited exhibition conflict.
The 2 heavyweight greats will are set to face off in California on Thanksgiving Weekend having each rolled again the years to get into form.
Whereas maybe not as well-known as his opponent Tyson, Jones Jr additionally loved an outstanding and storied profession of his personal on the very prime degree.
Beginning out as a middleweight ace, the Florida-native labored his manner by way of the ranks to turn out to be the undisputed mild heavyweight and WBA heavyweight champion of the world.
He beat Eric Harding in 2000 to finish his set of sunshine heavyweight titles and beat John Ruiz in 2003 to assert his solely heavyweight world crown.
Roy Jones Jr Story of the Tape
- Age: 51
- Nationality: American
- Hometown: Pensacola, Florida
- Top: 5ft 11 (180cm)
- Attain: 74in (188cm)
- Stance: Orthodox
- Report: 66 / 9 / 0
- Knockout wins: 47
- Professional debut: Might 6, 1989
- Newbie medals: Silver (Gentle middleweight) at 1988 Seoul Olympic Video games
- Professional recognition: Former IBF middleweight, IBF tremendous middleweight, undisputed mild heavyweight, and WBA heavyweight champion
- Nicknames: Junior, Superman, Captain Hook
His final world title shot got here in 2009 when he didn’t beat Danny Inexperienced and win the IBO cruiserweight belt.
‘Superman’ solely retired from the game in February 2018 having overwhelmed fellow American Scott Sigmon in his 75th combat.
In whole, Jones Jr gained 66 of his bouts, 47 by the way in which of knockout.
He misplaced on 9 events, most just lately to Britain’s Enzo Maccarinelli in Russia in 2015.
His losses embrace a run of three straight defeats from 2009 to 2011 as Inexperienced, Bernard Hopkins and Denis Lebedev acquired the higher of him.
Previous to that, his most well-known defeat got here on the fists of legendary Welshman Joe Calzaghe who hung up his gloves after their conflict at Madison Sq. Backyard in 2008.
Jones Jr’s first profession loss got here in his 35th combat when he was bested by Montell Griffin in 1997. He would go on to avenge that defeat just a few months later of their rematch.
His three different defeats additionally got here in a row as he misplaced to Antonio Tarver twice and Glen Johnson between 2004 and 2005.
Regardless of his age and the very fact he has nothing to show within the sport, Jones Jr is now able to go once more as his eagerly-waited conflict with Tyson edged nearer.
Forward of his return, ‘Captain Hook’ stated: “You get hit by Mike Tyson, something can occur to you. Mike Tyson is not only an extraordinary puncher. He’s a type of guys who can just do that to you.
“So you must know what you’re going into and you need to be prepared for that as a result of this Mike.
“For me, I don’t actually give a rattling. I combat for a residing. I’ll be able to die for my sport. I ain’t tripping in any respect as a result of I do know that demise is a likelihood. That may occur to anyone.
“And I do know it may possibly occur to me much more stepping into there with someone as harmful as Mike Tyson.
“Downside with me is – why I like what I like and I do what I do is as a result of I like boxing.
“So if I’ve gotta die boxing I’m gonna die a cheerful man.”