On March 20, former four-weight world champion Roy Jones Jr will step into a boxing ring in Phoenix and start trading punches with a fan.
If the fan beats the ex-champ, they can take home $100,000.
That may sound like an insane idea to many people. But some tough guys who think they are the biggest, baddest man around will see this as a great chance to earn some good money.
Either way, the boxing match, sponsored by UR Fight, is very real. The event is part of a program featuring legends from the boxing, MMA and pro wrestling worlds in a pay-per-view broadcast.
The 47-year-old Jones is the only competitor who will be fighting a fan. If you have the right stuff – or just have nothing to lose – you can submit a 90-second video to the “Fight Roy Jones Jr Contest” explaining why, in the words of UR Fight, “you’re worthy of getting in the ring with a legend.”
Before you rush out to film that video, here’s what Jones has to say.
“Why in the world would someone sign up to get in front of me and do what I do? I don’t know,” he says in a video posted on the URshow.tv website. “$100,000 is at stake if you can put me on my back for the count. It’s not going to happen, but you can try.”
Jones has a 62-9 record as a professional, with 45 knockouts, and was widely acclaimed as one of the sport’s greatest operators at his peak.
A 2003 victory over WBA title-holder John Ruiz made Jones the first former middleweight world champion to claim a heavyweight crown for 106 years.
It has been a story of steady decline for the veteran since that famous triumph and his last outing against Welsham Enzo Maccarinelli in December last year ended in a chilling knockout defeat.
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