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Roy Jones vs Jeff Lacy... And What it Means Today

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Jones turned back the clock against Lacy two tears ago - Can he do it again?

Former multiple division world champion Roy Jones Jr is close to confirming a bout on December 10 against cruiserweight Max Alexander (14-5).

Jones is 42 years old, has lost his last three fights (two by knockout) and hasn't been a major player in the sport since his second loss to Antonio Tarver in 2005.  And since 2004, the great Roy Jones Jr is 5-7. Yes, he's won only five of his last twelve bouts. And most of his losses have been pretty bad. He was knocked unconscious by Tarver in their second fight, knocked unconscious by Glen Johnson, was a bloody mess against Calzaghe in losing a lopsided decision, was stopped inside of one round by Danny Green and was on the canvas several minutes after the Lebedev fight in May.

Although he may not possess the same skills he once had, Roy Jones is still a fighter and a winner... and winner are used to winning. And despite losing in the end, Jones exhibited flashes of brilliance against Denis Lebedev and obviously still thinks he has something to prove.

At 40, in August 2009, a past-his-prime Jones orchestrated an impressive and dominant performance against former super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy. Looking like the Roy Jones of the 1990s, a sharp, fast, well-prepared Jones battered Lacy from ring-post to ring-post. After the eighth, the outcome was inevitable and Lacy's corner stopped the fight after Round 10.

It was the first stoppage loss in the durable Lacy's career as he suffered cuts on each of his swollen eyes, and a bloody mouth.

The 40 year old-landed Lacy 249 to 104 and threw 71 more punches (500 to 429).

Expect Jones to win big against Alexander, who is win-less in his last six bouts. The ultimate question is: Can Jones end his career as a world champion, with a solid win over an elite fighter?

An over-the-hill Michael Jordan showed flashes of brilliance with the Washington Wizards, setting franchise records despite being past his prime:

  • Points per half, 34
  • Points second quarter, 19
  • MCI Center record points in game, 51
And in 2009, an over-the-hill Brett Favre had, arguably, his best season.
  • 4,202 passing yards
  • 107.2 quarterback rating
  • 33 touchdown passes 

On the night of August 15, 2009, Jones turned back the clock against an (admittedly) faded but determined, much younger former champion. 

Today, the cards are stacked even higher against him and perhaps he should retire - But, if he looks spectacular in December (as any top fighter should) against a mediocre opponent, don't be surprised to see him in the ring against a top-tier fighter in 2012.

Its been said great old champions sometimes have one more great fight left in them. If we ever see, again, the 'outdated' version of the Roy Jones who fought Lacy, things could get interesting. 

Enjoy the highlights below. 

 
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