Roy Jones Jr. Next Fight: Glenn McCrory, Anderson Silva, and Mike Tyson Could Fight the Boxing Legend in 2021

Published 01/09/2021, 6:37 AM EST
MASHANTUCKET, CT – AUGUST 16: Roy Jones Jr. during his match against Eric Watkins in the season two finale of NUVOtvs Knockout at Foxwoods Resort Casino on August 16, 2015 in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Jones won by a knockout in the sixth round. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images for NUVOtv)

Roy Jones Jr. showed a snippet of his former self in the exhibition fight against Mike Tyson. The duo put one of the most classic shows to entertain an ocean of combat sports fans.


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This wasn’t the last time fans would see Jones Jr inside the ring. He has expressed his keenness in coming back and fighting in an exhibition bout again.

Here we have a look at probable opponents that Jones can take on in his return exhibition fight.


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Glenn McCrory

McCrory was a British boxer who competed between 1984-1993. Though short, he had a dynamic career in the sport with a record of 30 wins and 8 losses. He was a cruiserweight sensation back in the 90s and hung his gloves after a loss to Alfred Cole.

He didn’t return to the ring post that fight, but the Tyson vs Jones fight inspired him to put on the boxing gloves yet again. McCrory is 56 years old, but has the desire of a 20-year-old boxer. In fact, a few weeks back, Jone Jrs even called him out for a boxing bout.

Read – ‘We Both Had Illustrious Careers’- Roy Jones Jr. Calls Out Glenn McCrory

Anderson Silva

The MMA star is released by the UFC, and he’s hunting for a new MMA promotion to continue his prolonged career. Jones Jr has only one MMA fighter on his checklist, and that is ‘Spider’ Silva. However, Silva hasn’t quite revealed his plans to transition into boxing entirely. But even if he does, he can be a threat to ‘Captain Hook’.

Even at 45, Silva has much faster body movement and hand speed when compared to ‘Captain Hook’.

Mike Tyson 

Nov 28, 2020; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Mike Tyson and Roy Jones, Jr. pose with their belts after a split draw during a heavyweight exhibition boxing bout for the WBC Frontline Belt at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Scarnici/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Fans have already seen the astonishing bout between the duo who displayed elite skills when considering their age. Unfortunately, it ended with a draw.

Though this fight just took place, boxing enthusiasts will look forward to seeing both of them take on different opponents instead of touching gloves with each other again.


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Roy Jones Jr. vs Glenn McCrory, is this the ideal fight to make?

Though Tyson asserted on a rematch with Jones post-fight, he also has vivid plans to sign for a trilogy with Evander Holyfield. Considering this juncture, Glenn McCrory can just be the ideal opponent for Roy Jones Jr. Fans will enjoy a new matchup for Jones and this fight will lure the 1980-90s boxing fans to watch their old star, McCrory, back in action.

Read – Boxing News: Glenn McCrory Accepts Challenge to Fight Roy Jones Jr.


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Needless to say, this fight has the audacity to generate massive PPV buys. Which one of these names could we see Roy Jones Jr fight against if he does make another return to the squared circle?


Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.