Roy Jones Jr. felt ‘disrespected’ by ‘gifted’ fan comments

Roy Jones Jr. is one of the best boxers of his generation. Defeat fighters like Reggie Johnson, James Toney, etc. The four-division champion was resilient and hard-working. Therefore, Jones does not attribute all of his success to talent alone.

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LAS VEGAS – NOVEMBER 18, 1994: Roy Jones Jr. celebrates his win over James Toney at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Roy Jones Jr. won the IBF super middleweight title by a UD 12.
(Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)

Recently, fans called Jones an extremely gifted fighter, a comment the American fighter didn’t appreciate too much.

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Why did Roy Jones Jr. feel looked down upon by fans?

The 53-year-old has worked tirelessly throughout his career spanning over two decades. Therefore, when fans praised Jones by calling him “Gifted”, the four-division champion felt insulted by the comments. During an interview with SHOWTIME BoxingRoy Jones Jr. explained why he felt disrespected.

According to him, by calling him gifted, fans discredited the hours of hard work he put into perfecting his craft and being the best. He said, “It’s disrespecting my hard work. You understand me. So people say oh he’s the most gifted. I mean that’s cool, but that’s bullshit. That’s bullshit because I’ve spent more hours in the gym going over things day in and day out than anyone you know.

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Additionally, Jones added that other than Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali, no other fighter has worked harder than him in the ring. He said, “Who up there today but Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali can give you highlights that come close to making you want to watch them.”

Jones’ greatest moments in the ring

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Jones has a career highlight reel that every boxer dreams of. “Captain Hook” has beaten great boxers over the years to rack up 66 wins in 75 fights. One of his best moments came when he won his world championship, the IBF middleweight title, beating Bernard Hopkins by decision.

Moreover, another big moment in the 53-year-old’s career came after his first loss to Montell Griffin, as he was disqualified for hitting Griffin when he was knocked down. However, Jones got his hands on Griffin again as he soundly defeated Griffin by knockdown and again won the WBC light heavyweight championship.

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