The latest weird and wonderful turn in the boxing career of Roy Jones Jr. played out in Phoenix, Arizona last night as one of the sport's all-time greats faced off against a fan attempting to win $100,000.
Taking on Vyron Phillips - a man with limited amateur boxing experience and a 5-3 pro MMA record who had won an online poll to take his place in the ring - it was a world away from the primetime fights and big purses Jones enjoyed during his 1990s heyday.
Phillips would win $100k if he could beat the former multi-division champion. But, even at 47 and well past his prime, Jones Jr. still had enough to land his opponent on the canvas with a second-round knockout blow. Scroll down this article to see the bizarre spectacle for yourself.
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The fight itself was streamed live online as part of a URShow.TV event:
Sad to see
Watching a man who has defeated some of the best in the business and was the '90's 'fighter of the decade' perform in what was effectively little more than a curiosity attraction is sad to see.
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Between 1989 and 2003, Jones Jr. won 49 fights and lost just one - to Montell Griffin in 1997 - and won titles in the middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions.
Having refused to retire in recent years despite pleas from across the fighting world, however, the naturalised Russian seems hell bent on continuing his boxing career for as long as humanly possible. His legacy has taken a hit as a result.
The veteran's fight against Phillips didn't count in the professional sense, meaning Jones Jr.'s career record still stands at 62-9 after losing to Enzo Maccarinelli in December 2015. Eight of those losses have come in the past 12 years.
According to Yahoo! Sports, he didn't vow to call it a day after last night's fight either. This despite his amateur opponent suggesting it might be time:
"I’d like to see Roy go away from this,’’ Phillips explained afterward. “Maybe, coach. I don’t want to see him get hurt.’’
Despite the knockout method of victory, the footage is a stark contrast to the life and times of another all-time great, Floyd 'Money' Mayweather.
Only this week, the American fighter explained in an Instagram post how he was able to bring in "seven figure" sums without lifting a finger in retirement.
Mayweather might frustrate fans having walked away from boxing just one win shy from the outright all-time record of 50-0. However, when you see what has become of one of his predecessors, you can't really argue with his decision.
Floyd 'Money' Mayweather may frustrate fans with his decision to rest easy in retirement rather than continue on in the ring but, looking at the latest career move of a fellow boxing great, you can't fault the American's choice.
That's after Roy Jones Jr. - one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters ever and the 1990's 'fighter of the decade' - was involved in a somewhat demeaning bout last night
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