If Roy Jones had been born the same year as Joe Louis how would his career have gone?

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  1. mark ant

    mark ant Marciano used to dip below opponents waist line Full Member

    May 4, 2017
    If Roy was Joe`s age in the same era how much success would he have had at 160, 175 or heavyweight? Which weights would have have competed at?
  2. Dubblechin

    Dubblechin Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jun 25, 2014
    Well, Ceferino Garcia and Al Hostak kill him.

    I'm just kidding.
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  3. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jan 3, 2007
    His physical athleticism would help a lot but fighting as often as he’d have to and taking fights on short notice which men had to do to make money in those days would make for a very different record.
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  4. Philly161

    Philly161 "Fundamentals are the crutch of the talentless" Full Member

    Oct 25, 2020
    Hed probably so like a big band song intro instead of the rap
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  5. Saintpat

    Saintpat Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jun 26, 2009
    Glenn Miller would alter the lyrics and do s special rendition of ‘Pensacola 6-5000’ for him.

    As for the comment from the esteemed @mr. magoo, I’m not so sure. I don’t think the men of Louis’ day were made of something that Roy didn’t possess — his upbringing with an abusive father wouldn’t be easier than they had. I think he’d adapt. I also think his speed and power would make for a lot of short fights (I do think they’d be no better equipped to deal with Roy’s blink-and-you’re-in-the-locker-room-asking-what-hit-you speed and in his environment I don’t think Roy shies away from trying to destroy guys like he did in his time (after what happened to McClellan he took a less savage approach because he didn’t want to have anyone end up like that at his hand).
  6. Barrf

    Barrf Active Member Full Member

    Sep 19, 2021
    I think the much lesser availability of film of fighters would work in his favor. He'd constantly be up against men who knew nothing about him other than he was known as really fast. Would make for a LOT of real short fights.

    Any modern fighters with freak attributes would get a bonus due to this.
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  7. Blaxx

    Blaxx Member Full Member

    Feb 8, 2018
    I don't know how widespread it was but Kid Chocolate from that era was already studying tape and Schmelling picked up on some Joe Louis tendencies on tape too didn't he?
  8. RockyJim

    RockyJim Boxing Addict Full Member

    Mar 26, 2005
    Roy Jones in the late 1930's...early 1940's?...with that chin? See 'Ya...
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  9. Fergy

    Fergy Walking Dead Full Member

    Jan 8, 2017
    He'd be smashed if he stepped up to heavyweight!
  10. mark ant

    mark ant Marciano used to dip below opponents waist line Full Member

    May 4, 2017
    What about at 160 and 175?
  11. McGrain

    McGrain Diamond Dog Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2007
    Would have stepped right up for a payday then right back down again afterwards. But would have stepped up again after the war (if he survived) and been knocked out much more quickly.

    They would have contested p4p together, it would have been very beautiful.
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  12. mark ant

    mark ant Marciano used to dip below opponents waist line Full Member

    May 4, 2017
    Would have been interesting if he had fought Lamotta after fighting Louis between 1949 and 1951.