In a bout set to be dubbed “Beauty and the Beast,” shopworn legend Roy Jones Jr. is on the cusp of formally agreeing to throw fists with erstwhile street fighter and mixed martial artist Kimbo Slice in December at a venue in Jamaica to be determined.
Jones (56-8, 40 KOs), who became the first former middleweight champion to capture a heavyweight crown in more than 100 years when he defeated Metheun’s John Ruiz by a unanimous decision in March 2003, has suffered brutal knockouts in recent years and has amassed a substandard 7-7 record over his past 14 scraps.
Meanwhile, the 38-year-old Slice (5-0, 4 KOs), a Bahamian who accumulated a mark of 4-2 as a mixed martial artist, is slated to battle a tomato can named Howard Jones tomorrow night at the Buffalo Run Casino in Oklahoma.
The menacing 6-foot-1, 225 pound muscleman, whose real name is Kevin Ferguson, gained fame as a Miami hooligan who battered lowlifes in street brawls and then posted videos of the violent thrashings on YouTube.
“He’s a big street fighter with a lot of power, so early in the fight he can be very dangerous… but as the fight goes on, my mental experience should take over,” said Jones, 43, the 1990s “Fighter of the Decade” who has captured world titles in four weight classes. “But for the first five rounds he will be very deadly.”
Slice undoubtedly possesses thunderous power in both of his fists and has shown decent boxing skills for an individual lacking much formal training in the ring.
If Slice had entered the squared circle at the peak of his physical abilities, he possibly could have flourished as a pugilist and inflicted serious damage against opponents in a division devoid of talent.
Ed LaVache is the owner of the Boston Boxing Club in Allston.
LaVache contends Jones still scraps 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.”
Indeed, regardless of being a past boxing phenomenon, “the first five rounds will be very deadly” for Roy Jones Jr. against Kimbo Slice.
Therefore, don’t be surprised if the “Beast” knocks the “Beauty” onto Queer Street later this autumn.by