Roy Jones perfect HW pathway for 2003

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  1. El Gallo Negro

    El Gallo Negro Active Member banned Full Member

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    -Rematch with James Toney at HW
    -defense against a Golota or Fres Oquendo type fighter
    -Unify with Chris Byrd
    -Defence against undefeated Joe Mesi

    All exciting but winnable and fights against credible name opponents.

    Then a cash out fight vs 40 year old Lennox Lewis, who would most likely be coming out of retirement or off a long lay off at least.
    Even if Jones gets KOd it wouldn't hurt his legacy.

    He would go down as a top 5 to 10 all timer. Top 3 if he actually wins against Lewis.
     
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  2. Brixton Bomber

    Brixton Bomber Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    I think a win over Tyson/Holyfield, just for name value, would have been great fun.
     
  3. El Gallo Negro

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    Abdul Aziz fight would have been very winnable and still generated a huge amount of intrigue.
    As far as Holyfield concerned through, the public pretty much soured on him by 2003, especially after Toney moved up and KOd him
     
  4. Brixton Bomber

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    True, but it's just one of those "I've beaten the top names of my era" kinda thing.
     
  5. UltimateDestroyer

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    Hmm. Even if Jones gets KO'd it won't hurt his legacy?
    The Tarver KO hurts his legacy to many so called boxing fans, a Lewis KO at heavyweight would do the same thing.
     
  6. CharlieFirpo85

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    The RJ that beat Ruiz could have beaten a lot of decent heavyweights...at that point. I'm talking about contenders out of the top 10-40 pool. However, I see the limit at about 6.3 and 220lbs. (I know Ruiz was a little heavier but flabby...he didn't have the natural HW power and certainly not the explosiveness to catch or counter Jones).
    But the truth is; Roy declined pretty quickly from 2004 on...for whatever reason.
     
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  7. KidDynamite

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    Even in 2003 and onward he doesn't beat Tyson or Holyfield.
     
  8. CharlieFirpo85

    CharlieFirpo85 Member Full Member

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    Ofc no Tua, no Holyfield...but i see a decent chance that a ~2003 Tyson could beat himself in almost any situation, if his opponent survives the early rounds and keeps frustrating him. But i see him beat those Ruiz / Schulz guys any day ;-)
    Btw: i'm not sure if the HW version of RJJ beats the HW version of James Toney in 2003. I'm pretty sure it would be a total diffrent fight compared to their super MW Fight in 94, where Roy humiliated Toney. But thats maybe a good topic for a separate threat.
     
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  9. Brixton Bomber

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    I think he does. Both were spent by then.
     
  10. steve1990

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    Possibly a Joe Mesi fight in late 03 then having a cruiserweight bout with Tarver in the spring and then retiring.
     
  11. KidDynamite

    KidDynamite Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Tbh you might be right


    Would have been insane if he got those fights and pulled it off then retired

    He would have seriously upped his overall historical ranking
     
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  12. Brixton Bomber

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    Agreed. Just retiring after the Ruiz fight would have been enough.