Roy Jones Jr Confirms Ongoing Negotiations for Exhibition Fight Against “Inexperienced” Tommy Fury

Published 12/11/2023, 10:15 AM EST

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Many fans might take some time to fathom the news. Roy Jones Jr. appears to be on the war path again. The Seoul Olympic silver medalist and four-division champion, per the latest updates, could square up against Tommy Fury. If it happens next year, then, including the 2020 exhibition match against Mike Tyson, he would be entering the ring for the fourth time in six years.

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The boxing great, who turned to professional boxing in 1989, had finally bid goodbye to the sport in 2017. He was 48 years old at the time. However, a year later, he returned to face Scott Sigmon for the WBU Cruiserweight title. Two years later, he drew the match against Tyson at the Staples Center. Early this year, he fought former UFC champion Anthony Pettis. The eight-round match ended in a majority decision loss for Roy Jones Jr.

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Speaking to Casino Alpha, Roy Jones Jr. shared, “…we’re in talks; it’s being negotiated; it’s a really interesting fight because Tommy is inexperienced, and that’s balanced out but my age and experience.” So according to him, the idea took place after John Fury openly called out Mike Tyson for a fight. He said, “John Fury initially said he wanted to fight Mike Tyson, so I said, If you’re all going to do that, let’s go and make an all-out card. If John fights Mike, I’ll fight Tommy on the undercard or as the co-main; that would be awesome, right?

Reportedly, Tommy Fury, too, appears to have consented. However, the former champion has sought six to eight weeks to take care of his knees first. Sounding confident, he mentioned that despite his advancing years, he can still fight and hold his own. On the other hand, Tommy Fury still has to learn a lot. However, physically, he is in the best shape. Then, giving a slight hint about the purse, he said, “If the money is right, it will be good, but if it’s not a crazy, astronomical amount of money, why would I do it?

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Roy Jones Jr. posits that a fight with Tommy Fury might even take over the bout against Mike Tyson. Given the Briton’s popularity over social media, the fight has every chance of becoming a huge success.

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Tommy Fury, on the other end, has had a fairly good run this year. First, on February 26, he defeated archrival Jake Paul by a split decision. Eight months later, he returned for another grudge match. This time he faced fellow Briton, YouTuber-turned-boxer KSI, at the Manchester Arena. The closely fought battle, initially adjudged a majority decision win for Fury, was amended to a unanimous victory in his favor.

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Do you think it’s going a bit too far for a living legend like Roy Jones Jr.? Please share your views with us in the comments below.

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