FIGHT LOCATION & DATE:
Basket-Hall in Krasnodar, Russia: September 26th
jones jr VS aTIYO PREVIEW
Remember Roy Jones Jr? At age 45 and a career record of (58-8 41 KO), this man is doing his best Bernard Hopkins impersonation, continuing along with his career as he fades into obscurity. Jones was considered the best fighter of the 90′s, faltered a bit in the 2000′s, lost to Hopkins in 2010, and then Lebedev in 2011, but since then has won 4 in a row. The question is, do we care that Jones Jr is still fighting?
The answer is yes – otherwise we wouldn’t be writing a preview. Jokes aside, Roy is a hall of fame level fighter, and it is always fascinating to see once great fighters hold onto their careers, and continuing to fight as they fade into forgotten land. Even if it means fighting Hany Atiyo in Russia.
The question then becomes, who exactly is this Atiyo guy? Let’s ask Roy Jones: “I know the guy I’m fighting is supposed to be a strong puncher, but not the most skillful guy. I know he will try to jump on me and try to get me out of there. It’s cool though. I know what to expect.”
There isn’t much really known about Atiyo, except that his nickname is “The Egyptian Hurricane”, and that he is coming off a loss to Joey Vegas back in June of 2013. At 30 years old, he holds a record of 14-2 and 10 KO’s.
Roy Jones Jr Profile
What is there to say about Roy that we don’t already know? A spectacular career, for the most part, and now heading into retirement. Roy wants one last hurrah, and has made it clear that he is looking beyond this fight for a crack at Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. Wlodarczyk is a much tougher opponent than Atiyo, and is defending his belt the day after Jones’ fight. Regardless, Jones really is a shell of his former self, and is fighting across the globe for a number of reasons, likely ranging from money, holding onto fame, being able to continue his rap career, and giving international fans a chance to see a former legend.
No one doubts Jones’ remarkable career. But at this point, it just seems like he is trying to salvage and even regain some of the fame and recognition that he had before his career collapsed with 2 consecutive losses to Tarver. I’ve always felt that Jone’s made a mistake by granting Tarver a rematch. Had he just jumped straight to Trinidad or another big name (Tyson was even mentioned at one point), he could have retained his 1-0 record against Tarver, and continue on as the best boxer in the game. Sure, his win over Tarver was somewhat disputed (the swollen eye didn’t help), but granting that rematch seriously derailed his career.
Hany Atiyo Profile
Atiyo only became known after his loss to Joseph Lubega, aka Joey Vegas, in which he was handily beaten by TKO in the 11th round. At 30 years old, and considered to be a strong puncher, there isn’t much else known about Atiyo, except for the fact that Jones is expecting to win.
It’s hard to speculate where Jones will end up in this fight. I am betting that he handpicked Atiyo because he wants to build up a streak and get a shot at Wlodarczyk, which means Atiyo probably isn’t much of a threat.
Jones KO’s Atiyo in 9th round.