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The substandard Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf may knockout the great Roy Jones Jr.

Roy Jones Jr. is a shopworn icon.
Roy Jones Jr. is a shopworn icon.

Roy Jones Jr. and Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf tipped the scales this morning for tomorrow’s bout at the Dynamo Sport Palace in Moscow, Russia.

The 5-foot-11 Jones (56-8, 40 KOs) weighed 197.5 pounds and the 6-foot-3 Benmakhlouf (17-3-1, 8 KOs) went 194.2.

A Frenchman who has won seven consecutive scraps, the 36-year-old Benmakhlouf last vacated the squared circle on March 9 after earning a fifth round TKO versus Peter Hegyes.

Conversely, the 44-year-old Jones most recently exited the ring in June 2012 as a split decision victor over Paweł Głażewski.

Junior’s collected crowns in four weight classes and was named the 1990s “Fighter of the Decade.”

Jones’ peak moment as a pro likely occurred in March 2003 when he became the first middleweight champion to capture a heavyweight belt in more than 100 years by outscoring John Ruiz.

Unfortunately, Jones has become prone to suffering brutal knockouts and is a substandard 7-7 in his past 14 paydays.

Considered one of the premier pound-for-pound prizefighters ever, Jones is now a graying liability who should retire.

Although the six-time world titlist would have badly outclassed Benmakhlouf in his prime, it’s impossible to presently have any confidence in Jones.

Hence, the legendary Roy Jones Jr. could fall to the substandard Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf roughly 24 hours from now in the northernmost megacity on Earth.

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