Originally Posted by SouthpawJab
Jones was doing numbers similar to Mayweather pre-DLH....He never had that proven superstar to fight to elevate him. He did 600K against John Ruiz, a relative no name, but he was a much larger man. If Roy had gotten the Tyson fight, he would've been an enormous draw.
Add into that, he was a terrific gate draw. People would pay to see him in person, but would only pay if they thought it would be competitive.
Still, Jones never crossed over for some reason. He had his rap career but that was hit and miss, he had great skills and an exciting style, but he never seemed to generate the popularity and publicity like Mayweather, Tyson, Pacquiao or ODLH. He wasn't a superstar.
Though it's a good point he never had an ODLH or a Mike Tyson to make a name off
Originally Posted by dinovelvet
I wouldn't say he ever fought a masterclass in boxing. You're a big fan of Toney, Toney's fight against against Barkley was a masterclass in boxing. There has to be too great fighters in the ring to get that accolade imo.
You said Ward-Dawson was a masterpiece - you consider that version of Dawson who killed himself to make 168 a great fighter? Also Iran Barkley was NOT a great fighter!
An example of a masterclass between great fighters would be Thomas Hearns-Wilfred Benitez