Opinion | Feb 09 2018

Round-by-Round: Going the distance with Roy Jones Jr

The great Roy Jones Jr boxed for the final time yesterday (February 8) and Elliot Worsell stayed up to say goodbye
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AN invitation to stay up through the night to witness Roy Jones Jr’s final boxing match against a guy named Scott Sigmon, live on UFC Fight Pass at 3.30 am (GMT), is one I can’t refuse. If I do, if I rip it up, bin it, pretend it never arrived, I’d be undermining the greatness of the man and, moreover, ignoring the fact it was his unrivalled brilliance that both attracted me to boxing in the first place and made the sport seem more than just a case of you-hit-me-and-I’ll-hit-you. So what if he’s 49 years of age. So what if he’s boxing Scott Sigmon.

I’ll do it, then, I’ll watch him, not because I necessarily want to, but because it feels like the right thing to do.

Now all I have to do is stay awake…


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