Roy Jones Jr is entertaining fights with Tommy Fury and Jake PaulBetway spoke with Roy Jones Jr who addressed rumours of a proposed fight taking place with Tommy Fury and revealed he is open to the fight while also proposing when it could happen.
The four-weight world champion and boxing legend is now 54-years-old but durung his illustrious career he won world titles from middleweight, super-middle, light-heavy and heavyweight, and is the only boxer in history to start his professional career at light-middleweight and go on to win a heavyweight title.
The Boxing Writers Association of America named him as the Fighter of the Decade for the 1990s, and currently has the longest professional career of any heavyweight boxing champion, having boxed for over 33 years since 1989 to 2023 (12,384 days). This record was held previously by Jack Johnson, who also boxed for 33 years between 1897 until 1931 (12,231 days).
Having only last fought in a professional ring in April this year, going eight rounds with Anthony Pettis, the former Olympian confirmed the rumours of a matchup with Tommy Fury are completely true…
Is it true you are in talks to face Tommy Fury?
RJJ: "There is truth to that, we spoke in Saudi Arabia because of the fact that John Fury was with Tyson. Me and Fury family, we have a lot of history. I was one of the people who told Tyson five or six years back that he could come back and beat all of them and that’s what he has done.
"To be in the ring with somebody from the social media era and have a big fight with Tommy Fury, I may not be who I was but to be in with against someone from the YouTube era, it’s a different type of thing and can captivate the audience. I think it’s a good thing.
"The fight would have to happen early next year. He’s definitely a legitimate fighter, he’s not a bad fighter at all and he comes from a family of fighters. Sometimes he doesn’t take fighters as seriously as he should. It’s like Tyson, he didn’t take Francis Ngannou as seriously as he should but when he is fighting someone like Oleksandr Usyk it’ll be different.
"Sometimes people play to the level of their opposition and if you fight people who aren’t going to do anything and you are expected to win, you’re probably not going to do much but when you fight somebody that you know can do a whole lot then you have to be on you’re a game.
"I’ll be 55 years old if we fight. It would be a very interesting fight for both of us because of my age. My mind can still do it, but body isn’t able to, so I’ll have to figure it out and be smarter. I think the fight could (do bigger numbers than against Mike Tyson) because he has the social media following. I think a Jake Paul fight is also possible."
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