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Thread: Roy Jones Jr. vs Montell Griffin II - 17 Years Ago

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    Roy Jones Jr. vs Montell Griffin II - 17 Years Ago

    Yesterday was the 17 year anniversary of the 2nd Roy Jones-Montell Griffin fight. It was really one of Jones' signature performances and showed that when motivated in his prime what talent he had in the ring.

    Anyway, this was one of the most unusual big PPV events I ever remember and another reason this fight stands out to me. The PPV actually took place on a Thursday night. And the cost was lower than most PPV's even in those days at $29.95. Does anyone ever think we will see another big PPV during the week for a fraction of what is being charged today?

    Here is the fight itself in it entirety...


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    Re: Roy Jones Jr. vs Montell Griffin II - 17 Years Ago

    Roy used a small feint that Montell bit hard on which left him open for the hook. Feints are one of the most under utilized techniques in the sport and this proves how effective they can be.

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    Re: Roy Jones Jr. vs Montell Griffin II - 17 Years Ago

    I always loved the interview after this fight, Roy at his best verbally in my opinion - not forgetting to mention that that left hand was perfectly executed.

    A mid week PPV? Why not. There's a ton of other sporting fixtures during the week, so if the venues are clear and the bout time doesn't clash with something else that might pry the punters away then give us more boxing at lower prices!

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    Re: Roy Jones Jr. vs Montell Griffin II - 17 Years Ago

    Don't make RJ come out!

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    Re: Roy Jones Jr. vs Montell Griffin II - 17 Years Ago

    Here I come with one of my sidebar stories. The promoter of that fight was...

    ME!

    I was the Director of Boxing for the Foxwoods Casino at that time, just off my long stint as Commissioner in New York.

    I had attended Griffin-Jones I in Atlantic City. The moment after the controversial ending, I headed into Roy Jones' dressing room.

    "I want to promote the rematch, Roy," I told him and his business advisers, the Levin Brothers. Well, we all had breakfast the next morning and began to hammer out a deal.

    Jones spent the last week of the fight training at Foxwoods. He could not have been nicer to the hotel's guests. A few days before the fight, I was searching the hotel for my wife. Where was she? I asked security if they could check their many cameras to locate her. A few minutes later, they found her. She was in the hotel's exclusive steak restaurant--Cedar's--having dinner with Roy Jones!

    On fight night, I was hanging out in his dressing room. As the knock came on his door that it was time for him to make his ring walk, I got up to walk with him.

    "Wait here, I'll be right back!" he told me. I stared at him.

    "Right back?" I asked.

    "Right back," he said.

    A few moments later, the fight started. Just like that, it was over. The post-fight interview took longer than the fight itself.

    Then, Jones re-entered his dressing room. I was sitting on the couch, watching the replay. I look at Jones.

    "I told you I'd be right back," he said.

    That, he did.

    That's when Jones was truly an all-time great!

    -Randy G.

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    Re: Roy Jones Jr. vs Montell Griffin II - 17 Years Ago

    Quote Originally Posted by The Commish View Post
    Here I come with one of my sidebar stories. The promoter of that fight was...

    ME!

    I was the Director of Boxing for the Foxwoods Casino at that time, just off my long stint as Commissioner in New York.

    I had attended Griffin-Jones I in Atlantic City. The moment after the controversial ending, I headed into Roy Jones' dressing room.

    "I want to promote the rematch, Roy," I told him and his business advisers, the Levin Brothers. Well, we all had breakfast the next morning and began to hammer out a deal.

    Jones spent the last week of the fight training at Foxwoods. He could not have been nicer to the hotel's guests. A few days before the fight, I was searching the hotel for my wife. Where was she? I asked security if they could check their many cameras to locate her. A few minutes later, they found her. She was in the hotel's exclusive steak restaurant--Cedar's--having dinner with Roy Jones!

    On fight night, I was hanging out in his dressing room. As the knock came on his door that it was time for him to make his ring walk, I got up to walk with him.

    "Wait here, I'll be right back!" he told me. I stared at him.

    "Right back?" I asked.

    "Right back," he said.

    A few moments later, the fight started. Just like that, it was over. The post-fight interview took longer than the fight itself.

    Then, Jones re-entered his dressing room. I was sitting on the couch, watching the replay. I look at Jones.

    "I told you I'd be right back," he said.

    That, he did.

    That's when Jones was truly an all-time great!

    -Randy G.

    This is great and funny all at the same time.

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    Re: Roy Jones Jr. vs Montell Griffin II - 17 Years Ago

    Quote Originally Posted by The Commish View Post
    Here I come with one of my sidebar stories. The promoter of that fight was...

    ME!

    I was the Director of Boxing for the Foxwoods Casino at that time, just off my long stint as Commissioner in New York.

    I had attended Griffin-Jones I in Atlantic City. The moment after the controversial ending, I headed into Roy Jones' dressing room.

    "I want to promote the rematch, Roy," I told him and his business advisers, the Levin Brothers. Well, we all had breakfast the next morning and began to hammer out a deal.

    Jones spent the last week of the fight training at Foxwoods. He could not have been nicer to the hotel's guests. A few days before the fight, I was searching the hotel for my wife. Where was she? I asked security if they could check their many cameras to locate her. A few minutes later, they found her. She was in the hotel's exclusive steak restaurant--Cedar's--having dinner with Roy Jones!

    On fight night, I was hanging out in his dressing room. As the knock came on his door that it was time for him to make his ring walk, I got up to walk with him.

    "Wait here, I'll be right back!" he told me. I stared at him.

    "Right back?" I asked.

    "Right back," he said.

    A few moments later, the fight started. Just like that, it was over. The post-fight interview took longer than the fight itself.

    Then, Jones re-entered his dressing room. I was sitting on the couch, watching the replay. I look at Jones.

    "I told you I'd be right back," he said.

    That, he did.

    That's when Jones was truly an all-time great!

    -Randy G.
    Great story Commish. You could see the moment the bell rang Jones came out in a very aggressive manner determined to end things early. And he did just that emphatically. That was really what a lot of people thought Jones could do if he wanted in any fight. It was great to see that prime version of Roy Jones Jr and is a night I'll never forget.

    I loved the fact that it was on a weekday night. I thought that was a great idea and loved it too that the PPV price was a very reasonable $29.95. I think weekday PPV's should be explored a little more. Think about it...during the fall for example in the US there is college football to compete with. Maybe a bigger audience could be drawn if the event were say held on a night that wasn't competing with other sports (remember how in June the Martinez-Cotto PPV was hurt by competition from other sporting events). Just a thought...

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    Re: Roy Jones Jr. vs Montell Griffin II - 17 Years Ago

    You live by the fake, you will die by the cake.

    Mo-Grif fakes his arse off to get Superman RJJ's title belt in Bout I. What Mo-Grif and the dumbarse ref did was a travesty of fair play and commonsense.

    Bout I should've been ruled a win or no contest for Roy, because the striking of Mo-Grif when he was down was inadvertent. Nonetheless, Mo-Grif could have gotten up and continued. But he bytch faked out and wanted the undeserved taste of a title belt cake. And dat type of monkey jive, karma doesn't take. Holla!

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