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Has history figured out Roy Jones Jr. yet?


This isn't a fully formed argument either way, I gotta admit. I generally prefer to do that sorta thing, but this was something I just thought about while reading about the upcoming Kimbo exhibition. Back during the 90s when Roy was dominating, one of the strikes against him was not fighting the top competition in his division/outside the division that he could have been getting in with, and instead fighting "public servants". Years later, Roy is basically shot and playing the part of professional opponent, taking some really bad beatings, often against much bigger fighters, and KOs that are really surprising given how risk adverse he seemed to be during his prime. Does the last several years of mind numbingly bad performances and ugly KOs start to take that argument away from him? Or does it simply tack on that Roy was a guy who never fought the best during his prime because he feared to get hurt, never left the states because he feared he'd get robbed, and only did both of those after he was finished as a serious contender because he got desperate (to no success)?

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