Roy Jones Jr. Following Mike Tyson Fight: ‘Everything Hurts’
Roy Jones Jr. is feeling the after-effects of his exhibition match with Mike Tyson.
Jones and Tyson shared the ring this past Saturday night, November 28. Jones hadn’t competed since 2018, while Tyson wasn’t seen in action since a 2006 exhibition bout. Tyson vs. Jones went the distance and was ruled a split draw on the unofficial WBC score totals.
During the post-fight press conference, Jones told reporters that he was feeling the wear and tear of boxing opposite Tyson (h/t Bad Left Hook).
“He hit harder, everything hurts. His hands hurt, his head hurts, everything hurts when I make contact, so I was like ‘Wow!’ And it makes you so fatigued trying to deal with him, ‘cause on the inside you gotta keep his arm locked up. I learned that from watching the Lennox Lewis and Holyfield fighting — you gotta lock his arms up or he’ll hit you with them uppercuts.
“So I was trying to keep his arms locked up, the referee talking about ‘let him go’. What you think I’ma let him go so he can kill me? Nah, bruh. It’s not gonna happen like this. So I had to work on the clinches…I was able to land punches on the inside of the clinch and get him back before he could throw anything good. So that’s what my strategy was going in…box him outside, clinch him inside.”
Jones has expressed interest in a boxing match against former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. “The Spider” is now a free agent, which leaves the door open for a potential showdown with Jones.