ESPN.com reported earlier this evening that shopworn icon Roy Jones Jr. will throw fists with Dawid Kostecki at a contract weight of 185 pounds in a 10-round cruiserweight bout on June 30 at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland.
Jones (55-8, 40 KOs), who became the first former middleweight champ to capture a heavyweight crown in more than a century when he defeated Metheun’s John Ruiz by a unanimous decision in March 2003, snapped a three-match losing streak in December against a mannequin named Max Alexander in Atlanta, Georgia.
Meanwhile, the 30-year-old Kostecki (39-1, 25 KOs), who has fought a host of anemic slouches strictly in Poland, needs to scrap prior to July due to an impending stint behind bars.
“Roy has set his goal to win the cruiserweight title. That is his new thing,” said John Wirt, the CEO of Jones’ promotional company, Square Ring. “Poland has pay-per-view and Roy is a huge star here. His fights were all shown here for many, many years, so he is one of the few big American stars here. There’s a market here and Kostecki is a pretty big fighter here too. So this fight, knock on wood, should do very well on pay-per-view here. So that’s what we’re doing.”
Junior, voted 1990s “Fighter of the Decade,” has gone a feeble 6-7, and been rendered unconscious in four of those losses, in his past 13 prizefights.
Ed LaVache is the owner of the Boston Boxing Club in Allston.
LaVache contends Jones continues to battle strictly for monetary reasons and has concerns the erstwhile great is jeopardizing his health.
“For a lot of these guys, boxing is all they know and it’s the only way for them to make money,” said LaVache. “So, they keep fighting until the fight is lost in them.”
The 43-year-old Jones has long used the nickname “Superman.”
Sadly, Junior’s kryptonite is the unbeatable Father Time.
The spent legend of yesteryear is delusional and apparently believes he can overtake the aging process.
Therefore, Roy Jones will pathetically “keep fighting until the fight is lost in” him.by