Roy Jones Jr. looks at his championship belts and all of those boxing memories slowly flash back. He remembered holding seven belts at one time at the light heavyweight division. And then smiled when he remembered how he snatched John Ruiz’s WBA heavy weight title, becoming the only junior middleweight who went up and captured the title.
Roy seems to forget how it feels to hold a title again, how it feels to win against a big name in boxing. Nobody really believes on him getting back to his glory days. Not with a 42 year old boxer who last won a fight almost two years ago. Nobody dared and nobody cared. Everyone wants him to retire…
Roy wanted to prove to everyone that he still can do it. Like an old Rocky movie going for one last chance of glory. But this is not a movie where everyone gets to read the script. There isn’t really a happy ending in the world of boxing—knock me out, or I’ll knock you out.
Roy’s legacy has already been etched in boxing’s rich history. He doesn’t need to fight since he doesn’t have anything to prove… No one doubted him. He will always be one of the best and a future hall of famer. There isn’t any clear reason Roy can think of why he continues to fight. It’s just a different feeling when he laces up his gloves and goes into the ring. It’s like everything comes back to his first fight, his first championship belt and his first boxing glory.
His reflexes and muscle memory has slowly betrayed him. His once granite jaw has long been shattered. He was a shell of his once self…a shadow of his once greatness.
Roy Jones Jr. looks at his championship belts for one more time before placing it back to its secured shelf. Just like his legacy that was always been secured even with a Danny Green and a Denis Lebedev knockout loss. It won’t stain anything he had accomplished. Like his belts it’s also time to hang up his gloves. Put it in a secured shelf and never look back. It ends where it should end… Right into a boxing memory.
“A win doesnt mean much. Hes got to go. Hes got to go”-Roy Jones Jr.