Liverpool Boxer Tony Moran will have the opportunity of a lifetime next month in his home town when he takes on the former four weight world champion and pound for pound superstar Roy Jones Jr in a cruiserweight contest. At the Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool, the 46-year-old American will fight in the UK for the first time in his illustrious career.
Roy Jones Jr- The best fighter of the 90's
Roy Jones Jr started his career as a light middleweight back in 1989 before moving up in weight to rule the 160Ib division, winning the IBF strap by defeating the great Bernard Hopkins in 1993. The Olympic silver medallist made one defence and then moved up to the 168Ib league and became a two weight world champion claiming the IBF super middleweight title a year later against James Toney.
Five successful defences later, Jones then moved up to light heavyweight and added the WBC belt to his collection becoming a three weight king in 1996 after a unanimous points victory over Mike McCallum. A disqualification loss for hitting his kneeling opponent Montell Griffen became the first blemish after a perfect 34-0 record but 'captain hook' was able to avenge the loss stopping Griffen in the first round in August 1997 to win back his championship.
A further eleven contests at 175Ibs made Jones the undisputed unified king at light heavyweight where he picked up the WBA super, IBF, IBO, IBA and WBF belts. In 2003 Jones made boxing history by beating John Ruiz for the WBA heavyweight crown and becoming the only boxer to start their career at light middleweight and go on to win the heavyweight world title.
The Champion's decline
After boiling back down to light heavyweight to make a title defence the champion struggled, claiming a controversial majority decision over Antonio Tarver. The rematch was made and in one of the biggest shocks of the year Jones got knocked out in the second round. The history maker lost twice after, getting knocked out by Glen Johnson in 2004 and losing the final in a trilogy to Tarver by unanimous decision.
The former champion then chose to limit his ring time boxing just once in 2006 and '07 - winning both contests. A good 2008 points win over Felix Trinidad was overshadowed later that year when Jones suffered his fifth loss to Joe Calzaghe. A string of two more wins then led to a huge downfall where the American suffered three losses in a row, a stoppage defeat to Danny Green, points loss to Bernard Hopkins and a brutal knock-out to Denis Lebedev.
Jones Jr wants number 5
The great Roy Jones Jr chooses to fight on, expressing his desire to become a five division world champion at cruiserweight in an attempt to make history once again. Since his last loss to Lebedev in 2011, Jones has now gone 8-0, his overall record is an outstanding 62-8. The future hall of famer was scheduled to be in action this weekend against Danny Santiago but the bout was called off due to severe weather warnings in Philipsberg.
Now the UK fight fans will be able to look forward to seeing one of the best, lace them up and perform in the boxing ring, undoubtedly past his prime but still an exciting event to look forward too and the chance to see one of the greats, as they attempt to make history yet again.
'Dare to Dream'
Tony Moran may have more of a modest boxing record of 15-6 but the 42 year old will have home advantage. The Liverpudlian's 'dare to dream' nickname couldn't be more fitting, if Moran can become victorious on September 12th he will be able to tell the world that he beat the great Roy Jones Jr.