Access Granted: Roy Jones, Jr., Part IIPublished by Marcus Vanderberg on Monday, November 3, 2008 at 12:48 pm.
In part two of our three part conversation with Roy Jones, Jr. leading up to his Nov. 8 match against Joe Calzaghe on HBO PPV, the boxer talks about if the Joe Calzaghe fight is the most defining of his career and talks about the rumor of a possible match with UFC star Anderson Silva.
On if Calzaghe is the most defining fight of his career:
Nah. It’s not the most defining fight of my career. At 39-years-old what are you going to prove? I don’t have nothing left to prove. Even if I win, what does it prove? It just proves against the critics who thought I was through. I don’t have nothing left to prove to the boxing world because I have done all of that.
On how much boxing Roy Jones Jr has left:
I’ll still keep going. You’ve never seen Roy Jones Jr in the media for being drunk at a party or doing things that are crazy or outlandish that a professional fighter shouldn’t do. I try to take care of myself and do the best that I can do to stay in the right frame of mind and keep myself healthy as possible so I can go on. As a result of that you see I am still going at 39 and I’m still healthy.
On the similarities between this fight and the Bernard Hopkins/Kelly Pavlik fight:
This fight is a little different. This guy beat Bernard Hopkins so he is not Kelly Pavlik. Kelly Pavlik was just green and got beat. I saw that coming. Bernard’s took advantage of him. Truth be told, after Pavlik fought Jermaine Taylor they asked me if I thought he was ready for Bernard Hopkins and I said “No.” But then they go and feed him to Bernard Hopkins. There’s a big difference (between Hopkins and Taylor). Hopkins is a wily veteran and he was going to get killed. That’s exactly what happened. He got ate up. I saw it coming a mile away. If he couldn’t catch Bernard early, it was over for him. He didn’t have the boxing skills to go up against Bernard Hopkins. At 43-years-old, Hopkins was faster than a 26-year-old.
On his desire to continue rapping:
Better believe it. It’s something that I love to do. I’m not trying to compete but my thing is that I’ve got my side where I talk about what I do for a living. A lot of rappers talk about stuff that they don’t do. I talk about my real life and just speak my mind. I talk about how I feel on a day to day basis. I love it! I’m not trying to compete but I just love doing songs and making good music. They still be saying (Jones’ first song) “Y’all Must’ve Forgot” to this day!
On if there was any merit to the rumor of fighting UFC top fighter Anderson Silva:
Yeah. There was merit to that rumor. He said he wanted to fight me. I told them that I wasn’t going to fight him in a UFC match but if he wanted to box me, we can get in the boxing ring. Let’s do it.
Photo Credit: Will Hart
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