Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,
All the king’s horses,
And all the king’s men,
Couldn’t put humpty together again
Comparing nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty and Roy Jones Jr. was not something I ever thought of doing.
Roy Jones Jr. sat on the wall,
Roy Jones Jr. had many great falls,
Two to Tarver,
One was insane,
Prime Jones Jr. never seen again
So Roy Jones Jr. has suffered another massive fall, this time to the hands of Danny Green, a likeable character but not a world class operator.
And hats off to him for landing a punch, a punch that not only shook me, but most probably the boxing world as a whole.
In my humble opinion, it was the worst experience of the boxing year so far. Worse than the July deaths, worse than the March Badness PPV. This was the lowest of the low.
How does a fighter go from being the best fighter of the decade, to losing by a humiliating spanking to the hands of a club fighter, who to be honest, didn’t deserve to share the same ring as Roy.
It’s the same situation if Floyd Mayweather Jr. smashed Manny Pacquiao to smithereens next year, and then losing to Joshua Clottey before getting dropped several times against Cosme Rivera in a one-sided affair.
Roy is a deserved Hall of Famer, a remarkable fighter in his day, only ruined by one bad piece of match-making. His two knockout defeats to Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson have ‘What If’ all over them, the story of Roy’s downfall.
Roy was a fighter that defied the laws of speed. His performances against James Toney and John Ruiz will live long in the memory. But so will this one. Green’s victory showed how shot Jones really was. We all knew he was finished at world level, but not at club level. This only makes me wonder how much damage Bernard Hopkins would have handed out to him in four months time, when Jones’ reflexes had nearly slowed down to a halt.
The sad thing is that Jones will leave the sport on a low. The last memory of Jones’ in a ring will be referee Howard Foster breaking the clinch between Roy and Green, with Jones wobbling like a drunk.
Danny Green didn’t beat Roy Jones. He beat the shadow of Jones.