Jones Jr. Ready To Come Out Of Retirement To Face Tyson, Holyfield
A fighter not many expected to create headlines in the heavyweight division may be interested in putting his gloves back on. In an Instagram Live session, Roy Jones Jr. told one of the fighters he trains that he wouldn’t mind returning to the ring to face off against Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.
The desire by Jones (66-9) comes after Tyson (50-6, 2 NC) and Holyfield (44-10-2, 1NC) announced their intentions to return to the ring for charity. At 51, Jones teased those two would be the ones he would be interested in facing.
“Let me tell you one thing, just so you all know. I don’t really mess with people too much, I don’t like to bother nobody… But, if people bothering me – and I’ve had a few people bothering me lately. I ain’t gonna say a lot of names, but some pretty strong, big guys trying to bully me around,” Jones stated, via Boxing Scene. “I don’t like being bullied. I will fight you. I know I’m 51 but I will fight somebody over 50. And I ain’t scared to fight nobody, nowhere, at no time. Headgear, no headgear, I don’t care. So just be aware, and be careful what you say.”
Making his professional debut in 1989, Jones won the IBF middleweight Title in 1993 against Bernard Hopkins. He then moved up in weight to light-heavyweight, where he won the WBA, IBO, WBC, and IBF Light-Heavyweight Titles. “Captain Hook” became the first middleweight champion to win heavyweight gold in 2003, beating John Ruiz via unanimous decision. He never was the same after gaining all the weight, although he ended his career on a four-fight win streak in the cruiserweight division in 2018.
According to Metro, Jones was supposed to fight Tyson at one point. Tyson, who retired in 2005, was at the lowest point of his career. With $40 million guaranteed, Jones rejected an opportunity and fought Antonio Tarver in three bouts, going 1-2 against him.
Jones has since trained young fighters, looking to give back to the world. If he was to face Tyson or Holyfield, Jones may still be able to teach the young fighters a thing or two. This is what he told Kevin Newman II on Instagram.
“I’m getting older, I love trying to pass what I know down to these guys so they can take what I did, what I knew, and try to add and build on to it,” Jones went on to say. “Chris Eubank, Shady [Gamhour], whole class of them, trying just to pass to them what I know and let them add what I know to what they do,”
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