Roy Jones Jr. Ready to Fight Professionally Again, Awaiting to Be Inspired

Published 05/26/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
August 16, 2015: Roy Jones Jr. battles Eric Watkins during their heavyweight bout at the Foxwoods Grand Theater in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Roy Jones Jr. defeats Eric Watkins via KO of round 6. (Photo by Williams Paul/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Roy Jones Jr. made his comeback to the boxing ring last year. He went toe to toe against ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ Mike Tyson in a full-fledged boxing exhibition.

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This fight attracted the attention of boxing fans all over the world, and it became one of the most viewed boxing events of all time. Since then, both the boxing legends have expressed their interest in lacing up the boxing gloves again.

However, Roy Jones Jr. wants to do the same, but he wants to put himself through even bigger hurdles by making his pro-boxing comeback.

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In a fresh chat with Brian Custer, he showcased his interest in coming back to the game. But he detailed that someone has to really inspire him to step inside the boxing ring professionally.

LAS VEGAS – MAY 15: Roy Jones Jr. looks on before the WBC Light Heavyweight Championship fight against Antonio Tarver on May 15, 2004 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Roy Jones Jr., in his illustrious boxing run, took on many bigwigs. He made his foray into the ring in 1989 and has not looked back since. Piling on to the top with constant wins, ‘Captain Hook’ transitioned to multiple weight classes.

In a short span of time, he achieved the legendary status to his name, and he only improved with time. Even after hanging up his gloves from the sport in 2018, the Florida native still had his love for boxing alive. That said, he decided to fight Mike Tyson in a historic exhibition bout.

In this fight, Jones Jr. fared well and showed a snippet of his old self to one and all.

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Does it make sense for Roy Jones Jr. to make a professional comeback?

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‘Captain Hook’ retired as an abrupt legend of the game, and he finished his career on a sublime note. Yet, ever since his retirement, the sport has become much more dynamic, and it consists of young guns who’re taking the sport by storm.

Considering the prevailing scenario, Jones Jr. should realistically stick to exhibition bouts. Exhibition fights will help him get a good hang of the ring, thus keep his love for the sport alive.

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Yet, it’ll be intriguing to see what ‘Captain Hook’ comes up with in the near future. Would you be interested in watching Roy Jones Jr. in a professional setting? How do you think he’ll fare once he laces up the boxing gloves professionally?

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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.

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