Just seven months after a frightening tenth round knockout loss to cruiserweight, Denis Lebedev in Russia, four-division former world champion, Roy Jones Jr. (54-8, 40 KOs) will return to the ring this Saturday against journeyman, Max Alexander (14-5-2, 2 KOs) for the vacant Independent Boxing Syndicate (IBS) North American Continental Cruiserweight Title at the Civic Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Jones, 42, is coming off three straight losses, two of which ended by way of knockout. The future first ballot hall of famer last saw victory back in 2009 against former super middleweight titlist, Jeff Lacy.
Alexander, a light-hitting former super middleweight who holds a 0-5-1 record in his last six bouts, is best known for his draw with fringe contender, Rob Calloway in a bid for a minor WBC regional belt. The 30-year-old from Camden, New Jersey, however, has been in the ring with legitimate contenders such as Alexander Alexeev, Ali Ismailov, Brian Vera, and Sam Soliman without ever being stopped.
“We are thrilled to have a fighter of such notoriety competing for our North American Continental Title,” IBS President, David Gardner told The Boxing Tribune, ” We know that Jones Jr. is coming off of losses and we took that into consideration when we decided which title to put on the line. The IBS World was mentioned but we are sticking to our word of not just handing our World Titles to just anyone. Roy Jones Jr. is no doubt a great fighter and future Hall of Fame inductee, but his recent accomplishments, for us, do not warrant a World Title. We are very proud and honored that he is competing for our North American Continental Title, which is our second highest title. In saying this, we are in no way taking away from the chances of Max Alexander. This is boxing and anything can happen and we wish the best of luck to both boxers.”
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