This Roy Jones Jr Knockout From Saturday Night Will Make You Want to Party Like It’s 1999 (Video)
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.
Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever, and starting in 2004—at the age of 35—Roy Jones Jr suffered three consecutive losses that pretty much wiped him off the boxing map.
Don’t tell that to Jones, though. Because even now, at the age of 46, the dude is still boxing.
He’s not boxing anybody good, of course. At this point Roy Jones Jr is the boxing equivalent of the rock band Journey—a nostalgia act that people still pay to see, even though they’re clearly not what they used to be.
On Saturday, for example, Roy Jones Jr. took on some mediocre club boxer named Eric Watkins who’s 12-10-2. And while he did manage to knock the guy out in the sixth round—knocking guys out is basically his version of “Don’t Stop Believin'”—nobody really enjoyed it.
Take a look:
The GOAT Roy Jones Jr with the KO pic.twitter.com/oEWYOulG2b
— Marcus (@MJE0103) August 17, 2015
You don’t have to be a boxing expert to know that’s a pretty sad knockout. It’s hardly a wonder Twitter was so unenthused.
Roy Jones was in a boxing match, in 2015, & got paid for it, like on TV?
— Nubyjas Wilborn (@nwilborn19) August 17, 2015
Roy Jones Jr. with the knockout and now he’ll ask for a bigger bout. That’s like winning the CBI, demanding a title unification game v Duke.
— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) August 17, 2015
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) August 17, 2015
Roy Jones Jr is clearly doing this for the paychecks, because he’s not doing anything to enhance his legacy.
Perhaps he should have invested his money better when he was young?