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That’s it! It’s over! Hang ‘em up! Or what ever you want to use to describe what Roy Jones Jr. next move should be.
Let me preface everything that I’m writing to say that I consider Jones as a friend to this newspaper. The only fighter to ever host a press conference at the Sentinel offices.
However after watching his abysmal performance against Joe Calzaghe last Saturday on HBO pay per view, I am as convinced as I was before the fight that Jones should walk off into the sunset of boxing before he tarnishes his health or image even further.
HBO commentators tried to persuade you that this was a great fight and a courageous effort by the former four-time world champion Jones, but the reality is that it was a cowardly act by a shot fighter, afraid to get hit and lacked the ability to pull the trigger.
After that flash first round knockdown where Calzaghe admitted that he was seriously hurt, Jones danced away and played to the crowd instead of moving in for the kill with an all out assault.
Perhaps his mind told him otherwise, but his actions were of a fighter just glad to be in there going the distance with an undefeated opponent. Jones, who raised cockfighting chickens, sort of mimicked one of them but with his gloves as a beak, he failed to peck anything.
Calzaghe proved that he could beat any old American has been, having first eked out a win against Hopkins, and now just slapping Jones around until his left eye was bloodied and his spirit was sapped.
Hopkins, sitting ringside, must have been kicking himself because he did as much fighting against Calzaghe as Jones did instead of going all out like he did against Kelly Pavlik.
So, let Calzaghe go off into the Boxing Hall of Fame as an undefeated slap hitter who is the safest champion to fight in boxing history. Left on his resume is Jeff Lacy who has not been the same since, Hopkins who is stronger than ever and Jones who is not even a shadow of himself.
Chad Dawson, don’t hold your breath on a Calzaghe fight, instead just keep fighting the best available fighters and keep winning.
The problem with your drawing power is not your talent, but your weight division and probably your promoter. Tell Gary Shaw to stop focusing on Elite Xtreme Combat and suing for fighters who want to leave him and put more time in with “Bad Chad” the best fighter on the planet. You deserve that Chad and with the right boxing promoter you can get paid and get attention at the same time. You don’t need Calzaghe to validate you.
Jermain Taylor returns to action this week in Nashville on HBO when he meets former Olympic teammate Jeff Lacy in a WBC super middleweight title eliminator.
Taylor (27-2) is coming off two brutal beat downs at the hands of Pavlik, while Lacy has won three in a row against nondescript competition to improve to 24-1.
Many inside the Taylor camp questioned if he really wanted to fight again after the last loss to Pavlik, although he fought more gamely and with more intensity, but was still a lopsided defeat to a man to got up off the canvas to knock him out in September 2007.
Taylor is an old 30 years old and Lacy is an even older 31, especially after punishment he took from Calzaghe in 2006. Lacy has only fought three times since then, a fight a year, so his motivation has to be questioned at this point.
I know that Don King had a fight card in China during the WBC convention and it was like nobody cared. Ray Austin beating King’s last white hope Andrew Golota, and Jameel McCline upsetting Mike Mollo, Marco Antonio Barrera and Devon Alexander winning by TKO.
DK, stop throwing money away on that big quitting lame Golota and use some cash to elevate the career of Alexander, the undefeated St. Louis prospect who has demonstrated unyielding loyalty.
As for Austin, who has had two competitive fights in a row, I can’t forget the big egg that he laid against Klitschko for the title, and for that reason alone will consider him just another fraud in the heavyweight division.
McCline is intriguing, big at 6’9 and solid when he is in shape but how in the hell can anyone believe in a man who lost to Chris Byrd.
I’ll spit at you again next week.