Roy Jones to Fight Random Fan? Will it be Sanctioned?Hot
The circus-like saga of the great Roy Jones (62-9, 45 KO) continues.
The 47 year old Jones, who was viciously knocked out by Enzo Maccarinelli in December, is now planning to fight a fan, according to MMAWeekly.com.
An organization called UR Fight plans to showcase Jones on PPV as well several former mixed martial artists and WWE stars in bouts with each other in Phoenix on March 20:
Ken Shamrock vs Dan Severn
Michael Bisping vs. Chael Sonnen
Kurt Angle vs Rey Mysterio Jr.
Roy Jones, Jr will fight some fella, a boxing and/or MMA or WWE fan with no professional fight experience who will be picked based on videos sent in.
Apparently, if the fan knocks out Jones, he'll win $100,000.
For starters, what state commission would sanction a bout between a former multiple division world champion with 71 fights and someone with no pro experience, even if the former is over the hill?
Let's cycle back to 2009 when 1990s 10 heavyweight boxer Ray Mercer, who was about 48 at the time, fought Tim Sylvia who had been UFC heavyweight champ just two years prior.
Alabama was selected as the location because it didn't have a state commission. Thus, there was no formal organization to prohibit its sanctioning.
However, the promoter got cold feet at the last minute after allegedly being told he could get in trouble for knowingly attempting to sidestep the uniform policies of state commissions across the U.S. As a result, Mercer vs Sylvia was changed to a MMA bout because both fighters had command of at least one martial art.
Mercer went on to win via a one-punch knockout in the opening round.
If a 6'7" former UFC champion wouldn't get approved to fight an experienced, over-the-hill boxer, how is someone with no professional fight experience going to attain permission to participate in a boxing or MMA match?
In recent years, there's also been talk of Roy Jones fighting MMA fighters Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz, Kimbo Slice and Rampage Jackson as well as a former middleweight and super middleweight boxing champ, Steve Collins, who hasn't fought since the decade prior to the last.
Should a boxer so accomplished and revered even be thinking about lending himself to such charades?
Why Roy, why?