Roy Jones Jr will be back in the ring on December 10. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Roy Jones Jr will be getting back into the ring for whatever reason on December 10 in Atlanta, facing club fighter Max Alexander, reports Jake Donovan at BoxingScene.com. The fight will be held with a cruiserweight limit.
Jones (54-8, 40 KO) last fought on May 21 in Russia, getting knocked out violently by Denis Lebedev. Prior to that, he dropped two straight to Danny Green (TKO-1 in Australia) and Bernard Hopkins (UD-12), the latter a miserable mismatch at least seven years past its expiration date. Jones hasn't scored a truly good win since his heavyweight triumph over John Ruiz in March 2003, though he did beat Antonio Tarver by disputed decision that same year. Since the win over Tarver, the former top pound-for-pound fighter in the world has gone 5-7, beating no one of real substance.
Alexander (14-5-2, 2 KO) is the perfect non-threatening opponent for Jones. Roy doesn't take punches well at all anymore, and Alexander can't punch. He has also gone 0-5-1 in his last six fights. If Roy's going to fight, given the total lack of interest in his fights in the U.S. anymore and his inability to beat legitimate opponents, this is the type of fight.
That's not to say that it lacks some form of sadness, but the 42-year-old Jones is going to fight, and clearly has no intention of stopping.