Roy Jones Jr. Set To Fight Max Alexander In December
He’s back. Sadly, Roy Jones Jr. is climbing back into the ring for another fight.
The former pound-for-pound king, who is merely a shell of his former self, will take on journeyman Max Alexander in a cruiserweight bout on December 10th in Atlanta according to ESPN. It’s a long sad story that has yet to see the final credits roll. Jones (54-8, 40 KOs) has lost his past three fights, one of which was a brutal knockout back in May against Denis Lebedev. Since losing to Antonio Tarver back in 2004, the mighty Jones has fallen so far that it’s hard to recall just how incredible of a talent he once was.
Prior to being knocked out and losing his titles to Tarver, Jones was an impressive 49-1. His lone loss was a disqualification when he hit Montell Griffin while he was down on one knee. Aside from that, Jones was as dominant as a boxer could ever be. His athletic gifts were second to none and he was named “Fighter of the Decade” in 1990 by the Boxing Writers Association of America. He started his career at junior middleweight and went on to win the heavyweight title when he defeated John Ruiz in 2003. But Jones hasn’t even been close to his brilliant self. He’s gone 5-7 and been knocked out four different times. Every single one of those knockout losses were borderline scary. The calls for Jones to hang the gloves up are beyond deafening. His greatness came courtesy of his unique athletic ability, once his skills started to deteriorate, there was nothing left on which he could rely.
The fight with Alexander appears to be a safe one for the Jones. The 30-year-old sports a mediocre record of 14-5-2 and has only knocked out two of his opponents. He’s gone 0-5-1 in his last six fights and hasn’t fought since October of 2009. It can’t get any safer for the 42-year-old Jones than this. But what will it really mean if Jones beats a man who hasn’t won since 2007? Not a whole lot.
Jones’ adviser, McGee Wright, has been steadfast in saying that Jones is in good physical health and went through a rigorous physical to prove it. However, if Jones can’t beat Alexander, Wright has a simple message.
“If you can’t beat him, you need to stop.”
We’ve been trying to tell Jones that for years.