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Roy Jones Jr. Knocked Out Cold ... Again

By May 21, 2011

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How many more times do fight fans have to watch Roy Jones Jr. get knocked out cold before he finally calls it quits? This time it was cruiserweight Denis Lebedev scoring a KO with just seconds remaining in their scheduled ten rounder in Moscow, Russia. Jones had his moments during the bout, including a combination that briefly stunned Lebedev in round nine, but spent too much time on the ropes.

Finally, in the bout's closing moments, Lebedev landed a series of heavy shots and Jones - clearly out on his feet - bent over at the waist. Lebedev briefly hesitated and looked at referee Steve Smoger to stop the bout. When Smoger did not do his job to protect Jones from further punishment, Lebedev shrugged and landed one more powerful right to the head of his defenseless opponent and Jones fell face first onto the canvas. He was initially unresponsive for a brief - but scary - period before regaining consciousness and being lifted onto his stool.

At 42, Jones has now lost three straight and seven out of 12, including four KOs (three of the scary variety). After regaining his ability to communicate, Jones nevertheless stated "I don't give up easy. I still might come back". Let's hope he watches a tape of himself unconscious on the canvas after this fight ... or his second fight with Antonio Tarver ... or his fight with Glen Johnson ... and reconsiders.

At this point, it's abundantly clear to everyone other than Jones - and unscrupulous promoters still willing to put him in harm's way - that he's at risk of being seriously hurt in the ring. Jones needs to hang up the gloves for good and satisfy himself with being a boxing promoter, trainer and color commentator. Just one more fight like this one and it's possible Jones may no longer possess the cognitive abilities required to pursue any of those career options . . .

Video: Denis Lebedev vs. Roy Jones Jr. - Round Ten

Comments

May 22, 2011 at 2:55 pm
(1) Donald Wolberg says:

Roy Jones was a brilliant fighter with a spectacular career in his prime. Unfortunately, his career after that brillance, has been dismal and dangerous to his own welfare. Boxing is a dangerous sport. Of course, we are all free to be as smart or stupid as we wish, but it is sad that Roy Jones cannot just stop before horrible injuries make him stop. I do think that we as fans also have a responsibility to let it be known that we do not want to see Roy Jones incapacitated and forever harmed; it is long overdue for Roy Jones to retire, while he still has his senses.

May 22, 2011 at 3:22 pm
(2) DarkKnight3565 says:

That last hit Roy took was one of the cheapest shots I’ve ever seen in boxing. Denis Lebedev should have been disqualified. Blows like that are easily fatal.

May 22, 2011 at 4:11 pm
(3) divster says:

It was a little behind the ear.This particular judge let it slide.Still takes a lot of talent and hard work to get that far in boxing.

May 22, 2011 at 6:34 pm
(4) phlogger says:

Roy’s days are definately over and it’s amazing how his debilatation was so rapid. He dominated several weight classes during his prime but just eroded right around the time that Tarver busted him up. Gone are the days when he’d play in basketball tourneys on the day of a fight when his stamina was much like the late Salvador Sanchez who in my opinion was the epitome of stamina and great conditioning. However, as much as I liked Roy’s style in those days I waited for the day when he’d get KO’d, proving once again like others ala Mayweather etc, that he wasn’t invincible and Tarver was that guy. The other things I disliked about Roy were that he didn’t give Dariusz Michelschweski a shot back in the day when he called him out knowing full well he would have lost, likely by KO and risk everything. He was unquestionably concerned and scared. The major dislike I have for Roy is that he simply didn’t care for Marvelous Marvin Hagler and always bad-mouthed cheap shots about Marvin begrugingly. All of which stems from the severe ass-whoopin’ and KO that Marvin handed to Roy’s dad, Roy Sr. in the late 70′s when Marvin was up-and-coming. I’ll tell you what, I’d given my left nut and mortgaged the house to see both Jones Jr & Hagler fight in the era of their primes when both were at the top of their game. Marvin would’ve soundly beat his arse by KO in the same exact fashion that he did to his daddy. Hey Roy, be cordial and show some class and respect now that you’re all washed-up.

May 22, 2011 at 6:56 pm
(5) x says:

Thank you very much for postting the video!! Great write up as well, thanks!

May 22, 2011 at 7:37 pm
(6) woody w. says:

Smoger failed miserably to protect the severely hurt fighter–the most important duty of a referee. He has seen enough fights to now when to step between the fighters. Let’s not here any bull about wanting to “respect” Jones by giving him a chance to get a decsision!

May 22, 2011 at 8:34 pm
(7) gustavo salas says:

YOU NO I AGREE WITH ALL OF U ITS TIME THAT OUR BEST FIGHTER OF ALL TIME TO CALL IT QUITS HES THE BEST THERE IS THE BEST THERE WAS N THE BEST THERE EVER BE ME AS A #1 FAN DONT WANT HIM TO GET HURT BUT THAT FIGHT I SAW THAT WAS NOT OUR ROY HE LOOK LIKE HE DIDNT WANT TO FIGHT CUZ A FIT KING ROY WOULD HAVE BEAT THAT M…. F IN A HEARTBEAT BUT I AGREE WITH THE OTHER FANS THAT KING ROY JONES SHOULD RETIRED NO NEED TO GET HURT HE HAD ENOUGH AND THOSE STUPID ASS OUT THERE LEAVE KING ROY JONES ALONG N ALL HATERS F…. U DONT HATE HIM CUZ HES IN THE GAME OK N TO THE LOYALE FANS LETS HELP KING ROY JONES LOOK FORWARD TO HIS FUTURE……………………….. YOUR #1 FAN SALASADARKANGEL N IF ANYONE HAS A PROBLEM TO WHAT I SAID HERES MY EMAIL salasdarkangel@gmail.com

May 22, 2011 at 9:45 pm
(8) richie says:

The referee should be thrown out of boxing, smoger took to long and this fight should have stopped after second punch, where was he? Also Roy doesn’t know when to quit and thats a shame he is now an embarressment to himself.He is like many boxers like him don’t know when to hang them up.

May 23, 2011 at 8:31 am
(9) Jon says:

Thats way a gross KO. Roy should have called it a day after he won a nice win over Lacey, or mb after Joe beat him. I get the feeling if Roy fights again something terrible is going to happen to him. For God sakes Roy, hang em up now!

May 23, 2011 at 5:31 pm
(10) Marvin says:

Without doubt time for Jones to retire.Certainlt doesn’t need the cash.Hard to understand why he goes on.Losing his legacy.Agree with comment #2 Lebedev should have been disqualified.The ref was a disgrace.

Comment #7.If any one has a problem? :o )
Laptop warrior.Stay off the drugs! :o )

May 26, 2011 at 10:16 pm
(11) mike says:

Roy please retire! The end to that fight was scary to watch. I don’t want to see you permanently hurt. You were the greatest of all time but it’s time to step aside, please.

May 29, 2011 at 8:25 pm
(12) budo says:

Time to go!!! Holyfield, the same thing. There is FINALLY a time to hang ‘em up. You don’t need to end up like Quarry, Chacon or Ali. You were great ONCE. That was a long time ago. Save your sanity and legacy, PLEASE!!!!

June 2, 2011 at 10:58 pm
(13) The_Realist says:

I’m sick of hearing how Jones was the best all the time. He didn’t beat anyone great other than James Toney. He was a very good defensive fighter with no power and did not want to take risks against the best fighters of his time. He would have been KO’d in his prime against the best, and now chumps are doing it because his ridiculous defensive skills are gone. Jones should have fought Nigel Benn, Darious M., Hopkins rematch (earlier), Chris Eubanks, Steve Collins, vassily jerov, Lennox Lewis or Klitschko after he was allegidly a HW champion. This is a short list he was fighting fighters no one even heard of. He was a paper champion at best and never fought the best in his weight class.

June 3, 2011 at 4:25 am
(14) John Wilk says:

the guy calling Roy Jones a Paper Champ S U R E disingrate the FACTS. And if the German “Rocky” would have “KO’d” Jones I kinda doubt that. John Scully went the route vs him, right??? You can’t say that John Scully in same league as Roy J. -and- yes it does look rather obvious to quit. But, as rich as Roy is, if he did want to box again he should just make it a 1 fight wrap up and take on an opponent whom it’s certain he will win against. Announce it and double announce it that it’s The “Salute” good-bye! This guy who just stopped him Ko, I think he must have something, right? I haven’t looked at him –close– but, pretty sure he is “decent comodity”. BOXING IS ALWAYS TAKING A CHANCE! Roy, the world knows you have been “Great”…but, nows the time to measure and rekon. Make it stick, man. time for new interests, in B U S I N E S S !!!!!!!!

June 9, 2011 at 9:21 am
(15) Jonyyuma says:

Jones is done>>> he should hang his gloves and get a new job

July 1, 2011 at 2:33 pm
(16) ghost32 says:

I admire jones for his career, but he needs to retire. All fighters some point have a falling point in their careers. For instance Chuck, Randy Couture, Frank Mir, Bj Penn, Sugar “Ray”, Evander Holyfield, etc.. All these fighters were at once the best in their careers and have experienced and known when to retire. To one of the best fighters of all time i think your time is done!

July 1, 2011 at 2:42 pm
(17) J Woods says:

Man all the guys who said Jones didnt want to fight anyone great f-off. Its not like anyone of those guys wanted to fight jones cause they obviously never put in the effort to try and fight him. People were obviously scared of jones, he gave his opponents so many chances to knock him out by putting his hands down and taunting and they still got knocked the f-out. if jones were still in his prime hed knock all of these wack arse fighters out.

July 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm
(18) Knorth says:

Paquiao must be a punk too then because i havent seen him fight anyone strong. He fights all the wash ups or guys who arent as talented, he needs to fight mayweather to actually get a challenge. Everyone needs to stop pointing out jones and realize all boxers do this, if they see someone whos a phenom obviously theyre not going to try and face him. In jones era i think alot of fighters were just scared sh1tless too fight jones being he could just hit you when he wanted to. Jones obviously needs to give up, but people shouldnt be harrassing him about it, let the man live his own life and decide his own decisions. You should fix your own sh1tty life before you tell him to fix his!

July 7, 2011 at 7:14 am
(19) Eddie says:

like him or not,Roy Jone Jr is and will be considered one of the best boxers of all time a legend in one of the hardest sports in the world,at 42 he is not the same as he was in his hay day but who is?
He fought and beat some of the best fighters in his time and not just in one weight division and when he fought he had timing,speed,footwork,power and some of the best combinations you would see,he could land punches from any positions even walking backwards ,just look at the fight with Toney in the 90s RJ Jr was the man.
Should he still fight ? well i suppose thats up to him,his family and the once who are close to him, look at boxing today at 42 he still goes ten rounds with a top 10 world rated fighter so if thats what he wants to do maybe let him do it.

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