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Roy Jones Jr. - Mike Tyson Fight Is My Biggest Test Yet: Why I'm Prepared To Die


World Boxing Champion in Four Weight Divisions

First Broadcast: November 17, 2020

Roy Jones Jr., AKA Superman, Captain Hook or just plain old RJ is, without doubt, one of the pound for pound greatest boxers ever to lace up a set of gloves and climb inside the ropes.

In a career spanning some thirty plus years, Jones’ unorthodox style saw him blaze a trail right to the top of the sport, in a destructive and calculated manner, comprising incredible speed and agility mixed with raw power and athleticism.

Boxers come in all shapes and sizes, but very few fighting men are able to negotiate the weight divisions like Jones. In 2003, 14 years after turning pro, he succeeded in becoming the first man in 106 years to make the tumultuous journey from light middleweight champion up to heavyweight titleholder, beating WBA champion John Ruiz despite relinquishing 30 pounds to his rather sizeable opponent.

An unbelievable feat, in fact, Jones spent his entire career achieving what many considered impossible. At one time he held a record 7 belts simultaneously as the vastly undisputed light heavyweight champion. He took on all comers, even threatening to dispose of the baddest man on the planet Mike Tyson back in 2003.

At the time this interview was first aired, Jones was just two weeks away from his bout with Iron Mike, a fight many thought would never happen because both these men are now the wrong side of fifty.

They say your power is the last thing you lose, which made this an extremely dangerous step to negotiate in the legacy of someone who many believe, has a shout to be considered one of the Greatest of All Time.

In an unprecedented match-up, Roy Jones Jr. faced off with Mike Tyson, once again surrendering size and strength, and wearing the underdog tag, that seems to fit Jones like a tailor-made suit.

It’s not all been highs and high fives. Roy had a challenging youth, a father who pushed and pushed and then pushed too far. His mistreatment of a young RJ left a scared and suicidal young man. Their relationship inevitably soured beyond repair, while Jones the younger soared beyond the clouds.

Roy Jones Jr. is a truly remarkable man, not just an outstanding athlete. He conquered the world of music, with an underrated and successful rap album, he’s featured in Hollywood movies, and set up boxing academies across the globe, to ensure the next generation of talent sees the opportunity to fulfil their dreams.

Thoughtful, intelligent, determined, hungry for more, Roy Jones Jr. will always fight. He’ll fight because he can, because he loves the challenge and those challenges don’t come much bigger than Mike Tyson.

It was an honour to welcome such a sporting legend on the show, to find out what makes him tick, what gets him out of bed in the morning, and how he was planning to overcome his latest obstacle, on a journey that clearly knows no bounds.

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  1. When you go into a fight it’s no guaranteed that you’re coming out
  2. I choose not to wear a mask
  3. Thoughts on the upcoming match
  4. Getting the call and match being postponed
  5. Thoughts on Mike Tyson getting in shape and mental preparation
  6. Details of the match
  7. Not an exhibition and his training strategy
  8. Mike Tyson’s career and him now
  9. Muhammad Ali


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