Jonestown Massacre: Roy Knocks Out Fight Fan

By Robert Ecksel on March 21, 2016
Jonestown Massacre: Roy Knocks Out Fight Fan
One of these days Roy Jones is going to be seriously hurt and it will come as no surprise.

The sparse crowd had come to see a freak show. But with the early knockout, the bearded ladies never made it to the stage…

Boxing needs novelty like it needs a hole in the head. Every attempt to make boxing more or other than it is has fallen flat on its face. We’ve seen fat men fight. We’ve seen old men fight. We’ve seen men who have no business fighting fight.

Last night at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona, Roy Jones Jr. (62-9, 45 KOs), the 47-year-old future Hall of Famer from Pensacola, Florida, KO’d a 33-year-old fight fan named Vyron Phillips, who has a 5-3 record in MMA and made it into the second round before a counter right hand brought down the curtain.

It was a novelty fight for a man who has become a novelty fighter. Roy is fighting on muscle memory. He is fighting on fumes. He is chasing a dream that can become a nightmare. Roy’s last legitimate fight, against Enzo Maccarinelli in Moscow in December, ended up with Jones lying unconscious on the canvas, dead to the world, and not for the first or last time.

Roy Jones should not be fighting. Whether it’s against amateurs or pros, he should be kept from the ring. He is an old man in a young man’s sport. He relied on speed and reflexes, but now it’s a zero sum game. One of these days he’s going to be seriously hurt and it will come as no surprise. If he continues to fight Vyron Phillips and company Roy will put off the inevitable. But as folly follows folly, his reputation will continue to take it on the chin.

Sunday’s “fight” was on discount pay-per-view and included MMA and pro wrestling. The sparse crowd had come to see a freak show. But with the early knockout, the bearded ladies never made it to the stage.

Vyron Phillips grew up idolizing Roy Jones. It was a dream come true to share the ring with a living legend.

But even he knows it’s over.

“I’d like to see Roy go away from this,’’ said Phillips on after the fight. “I don’t want to see him get hurt.’‘

None of us do.

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  1. Pete The Sneak 04:09am, 03/22/2016

    This KO should now rank Roy high up in the Alphabet Soup Boxing ratings…Look out world!...Please…I agree with Steve…His life, his choice. Hate to see it, but it is what it is and let him alone…Peace.

  2. Steve 10:16am, 03/21/2016

    His life, his choice. Enough with all the maudlin handwringing.

  3. Eric 06:55am, 03/21/2016

    Didn’t they have a television show a couple of years ago titled, “Joes vs. The Pros?” Some wannabe Joe would take on pro athletes from various sports and try to compete against them. Of course, the “Joe” was given certain advantages to make it somewhat of an equal playing field. See no difference here. Even an overweight, 47 year old version of RJJ is capable of handling 98% of the population of non-world class pro boxers in the ring. At least the knockout appeared legit, far more legit than the Ali kayo over Liston in their rematch. Tough to make a buck nowadays, and I’m sure this will bring out more opponents for Roy.

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