Roy Jones Jr. Reveals the Secret to Win Over Fans

Published 01/30/2021, 8:00 AM EST
LAS VEGAS – APRIL 03: Roy Jones Jr. appears in the ring after his loss by unanimous decision to Bernard Hopkins in their light heavyweight bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center April 3, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


A veteran of the sport, Roy Jones Jr. has inspired an entire generation of boxers. With his magnetic run in boxing, ‘Captain Hook’ entertained a colossal variety of boxing fans. Even at 52, he keeps himself fit and proactive like a teenage boxer. His prime aim at this age too is inspiring his fans in some or another way.

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Recently, Jones Jr. shared a secret on his Instagram handle about how to match and win fans’ expectations. He wrote, “Match their expectation or out do their expectations. You never wanna fall short of what people expect of you”

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‘Captain Hook’ had one of the most decorated careers in boxing right from the 80s until he hung his gloves in 2018.

Till today, he is among the most talked-about boxing stars. A few months back, Jones stepped inside the boxing ring to confront Mike Tyson in an exhibition fight. Many assumed that Jones Jr. would get knocked down in the initial rounds only, but the latter smashed the ball out of the park and defied the odds. He went toe-to-toe against Tyson in the 8-round fight.

Though the bout ended in a draw, the 52-year-old gained an astonishing amount of applause and consideration. He showed a snippet of his former self in this highly anticipated collision. Moreover, the card recorded 1.6 million PPV buys and became of the biggest events in 2020.

A major chunk of this bout went for charity, as both the legendary boxers pledged to fight for a good cause.

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Can Roy Jones Jr. compete in more such exhibition bouts?

Ever since his exhibition fight, Jones Jr has shown keen interest in doing more fights of this type. He still wants to pursue his passion for boxing and raise money for those in need. A few days back, he called out the retro boxer from Britain, Glenn McCrory, for an exhibition bout.

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‘Captain Hook’ is keeping his options open for any and every fight that might come his way.

Nov 28, 2020; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Mike Tyson (black trunks) fights Roy Jones, Jr. (white trunks) 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

With such keenness in returning to the ring and calling out his fellow yesteryear boxers, Jones Jr. is eyeing a rugged comeback for this year. He wants to fight for both a social cause and to fulfill his love for the sport.

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In what way does Roy Jones Jr. inspire you? How excited are you to see him back in the squared circle?

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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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