One of boxing's most influential fighters of this era, Roy Jones Jr. will once again enter the square circle with future hopes of winning a cruiserweight title. He is a four-division title holder and the former pound-for-pound king of the 90s.
Jones will do battle against 39-year-old British journeyman Courtney Fry (18-5, 6 KO's) in a 12-round cruiserweight fight which takes place this weekend on July 26 in Riga, Latvia. This bout has ignited a spark in the Pensacola, Fla. native who did not seem to be at this level of excitement during his last three outings which were all wins.
It's no secret that Jones have seen his ups and downs in the sport of boxing. Before his last three wins, he had three consecutive losses. Two of those losses were by knockout from Danny Green and Denis Lebedev. He also lost a one-sided decision to his long time rival Bernard Hopkins in a rematch whom he beat single-handed during the prime their careers, even after fracturing a knuckle prior to the fight.
Former heavyweight champion James Toney (76-9-3, 46 KO's) who is also a former rival of Jones during their earlier years will also be fighting on the same fight card this weekend. KP Promotions intentions were to place both fighters against each other, but Jones had no interest in moving back up to the heavyweight division. "He said, he's beaten Toney once before and there wouldn't be enough motivation in him for a rematch."
The 45-year-old Toney will be fighting 6-foot-9, Evgeny Orlov (15-12-1, 11 KO's) who is 10-years younger and weighs 330-pounds. There will be a significant size and weight disadvantage for Toney who for a short period ventured into the UFC. Disadvantages seem to have always haunted Mr. "Lights Out" even during his earlier days coming up from middleweight. Fear has never been a weakness for the Michigan native who has always been known to go all out for a win.
Jones (57-8, 40 KO's) will headline the main event and feels he has a good chance of coming out victorious. "He said the key thing to this bout is to get a knockout. Says he will show that he still has mean skills and will be trying super-hard for the knockout. Right now, he feels really good and wants to look as polished and sharp as ever while eyeing a future cruiserweight title fight."
During the entire decade of the 1990s, Jones ruled the super-middleweight division with iron fists. He was considered one of the most dangerous fighters on the planet. He was gifted with lightning quick hand speed with ferocious knockout power and excellent ring generalship. When it came to combinations; it was not uncommon to see him let both hands go, while landing powers punches in multiples of ten. No other fighter were putting power punches together like that. He was a very exciting fighter to watch.
At that time, Jones was named "Fighter of the Decade" by Boxing Writers Association of America. In 2003, he moved up to the heavyweight division and joined Michael Spinks as the second light-heavyweight to ever win a heavyweight title. He became the WBA heavyweight champion after defeating John Ruiz. He later vacated the title and stepped back down to the lower-weight divisions.
There are skeptics and pundits alike who feel that Jones should not be fighting anymore. They feel that he's seen his better days in the ring and only a mere shell of what he used to be. Like former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield who just recently announced his retirement; most of Jones fight fans are hoping he will soon follow suit.
Roy Jones Jr., 45, says until his body tells him he can't do it anymore, he will continue to fight while promoting other boxers and mixed-martial arts competitors through his company—Square Ring Promotions. He is also known as the lead analyst for HBO's boxing telecasts.