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Roy Jones Jr is going to fight a goddamned fan

This is happening.

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Roy Jones Jr, the boxing legend and former best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet, is going to fight a goddamned fan chosen from video applicants at a show in Phoenix that combines boxing, mixed martial arts, grappling, and professional wrestling.

This is a real thing. I am not making this up.

Jones, 47, has a career record of 62-9 (45 KO) over his 27-year pro career, and was last seen in the ring in December, when he was brutally knocked out by Enzo Maccarinelli in Russia. Jones won world titles at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight.

Now, some yokel who submits a video will be in the ring with Jones, and if the fan beats him, he gets $100,000.

"Why in the world would someone sign up to get in front of me and do what I do? I don't know," Jones said in a video on the event's web site. "$100,000 is at stake if you can put me on my back for the count. It's not going to happen, but you can try."

Also at the event, Kurt Angle will wrestle Rey Mysterio Jr in a pro wrestling match, 52-year-old Ken Shamrock and 57-year-old Dan Severn will face each other in a mixed martial arts fight, and Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping will compete in grapping. The most legitimate thing on this show is probably the grappling match between Sonnen and Bisping, followed by the pro wrestling match between the former Olympic gold medalist and the 5'3" luchador.