Roy Jones Jr. is back from the dead for now
Former pound-for-pound king Roy Jones Jr. returned from the dead Saturday night to easily decision Prince Badi Ajamu in Boise over 12 one-sided rounds. For his efforts, Jones acquired the low rent NABO light heavyweight title while restoring some luster to his tarnished reputation.
The decision was unanimous with all three judges scoring the fight 119-106 for Jones.
According to AP, the clearly pleased with himself Jones said, “The champ is on the way back, baby. Don’t pay attention to what people say. I’m close. In two or three months, I’ll be all the way back.”
After a 10 month hiatus, after dominating Prince Badi, Jones proved something to the disbelievers at the same time as he proved something to himself. “I wanted to see if my reflexes were still there. I wanted to see if I could put my hands down and not get caught, do all the things people say I shouldn’t do. Do the things I used to do. After tonight, he said, I realize I can do anything I want to.”
Badi took the fight to Jones at the opening bell, but that lasted all of a round before the superior fighter took control of the fight.
“He came out early and tried to catch me, said Jones, just like Tarver did. And I took his best stuff.”
Although this was a fight Jones was supposed to win, Roy believes he’s ready for bigger and better things than fights with Badi in Boise in the future.
“It all depends if they make it worth my while. If I wanted to, I could go out right now and feel good, go out my way.” Jones would like to fight undefeated Welsh superstar Joe Calzaghe or, failing that, Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins, but, razzed Roy, Bernard said he doesn’t want to fight anymore.
With the big win Saturday night, it looks like the saga of Roy Jones Jr. continues…