Former heavyweight champion boxer knocks out competition-winning fan with devastating punch
Published 21/03/2016 | 15:20
The late career of former multiple world champion Roy Jones Jr took another bizarre turn as he scored a second-round knockout over a competition-winning fan.
Jones, a Florida-born cruiserweight who recently became a naturalised Russian citizen, defeated Vyron Phillips at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.
Philips, a 33-year-old mixed martial artist who had never previously competed as a boxer, was selected from a pool of around 1,500 entrants and stood to win $100,000 if he could beat a man 14–years-older than him. Phillips had never previously competed as a boxer.
The Boxing Writers Association of America’s 1990s ‘Fighter of the Decade’ made light work of the novice, who had competition runner-up Anthony Trotter advising him in his corner.
After biding his time during the first round, Jones earned a technical knockout in the second with a counter right to the head. Phillips got up from the blow but his challenge was stopped by the referee.
Jones was returning to action for the first time since suffering a brutal knockout against Enzo Maccarinelli last December and suggested that, despite his age, he has not yet made plans to retire from the sport.
Roy Jones boxed a fan on a sanctioned PPV. The fan got knocked out pic.twitter.com/bWmVBPrfAJ— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) March 21, 2016
“I don’t have anything planned,” he said after the fight. “You just never know what’s going to happen.”
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