roy jones had to be one of the best athletes in the world when he was on top.
I don't think there can be any question about that at all.
Also there was a time in which boxer's over all had by far more training discipline than they do today too.
Boxer's who keep themselves in peak condition, are in my veiw the most over all well-conditioned athletes in the world.
Fight fans that have never boxed really have no idea just how long those rounds are, and in the pro's the rounds are ever longer they seen forever.
Alot of fight fans like to talk about power and speed. But there can be other kinds of strengths, and stamina is a strength too.
Its really a lot of hard work for the heavyweights to increase it too.
Big men aren't built for long rounds like smaller guys. They spend more energy to move their bodies much more than smaller men.
I think that for the heavyweights if they would cut their fights to having less rounds today there would be better fights.
In part, I say that because the heavyweights have to pace themselves so much more in going long rounds. I think 12, or even 10 are too long for heavyweights.
Even back in Boxing's Golden Era I think the rounds were too long for the heavyweights.
... the guy would play semi-pro basketball the morning of his fights.
jones was finished after his move to hw this happens to a lot of guy's who mess about with there weight.
I agree. If it's not a natural weight for them they tend to be too fat. Harder for heavyweights to be all just muscle and bone as the smaller fighters.
But if their too fat its going to affect their performance.
Of course, I can understand why they want want to fight heavyweight there is more money there.
jones had a zillion ways to win a fight he could trade, box or swarm his way to victory, his speed and skill were on a diffrent level to moore and conn and he had enough pop to put these guy's away, over an 8 year period rjj was untouchable at 175 till he chose to fight ruiz which affected his reflexes (which were his mane atribute).
I saw Jones as being a superior fighter, he could box, he could punch, and had good defensive skills.
If Jones had entered the professional ranks around 30 years, or more earlier than he did when there was more over all talent. I believe he would have even been a greater fighter.
Stronger competition tends to weed out the mediocre and serves to produce more talented and more well-conditioned fighter.
But of course, there is always going to be some mediocre fighters and guys that really aren't in all that good a shape in every era and was in every era.
Jones is very near 40 years old now, boxing is a young man's sport for guys in their teens and twenties.
But if a fighter have a name that can still draw money, crowds and attention, naturally some even many are going to stay too long.
For a lot of guys that have lived that life for a long time it kind of comes to be the only place that life makes sense especially if they are really good fighters like Jones. For that's the place that they feel like somebody, a king, or at least in a certain sense so they keep fighting, and some find out too late like Muhummed Ali did that you can't stay young forever. Maybe in mind you can but not in body.