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What a drag it is getting old -- for some, but not all, fighters. While it would appear that Roy Jones is finished at age 35, Mark Johnson is over the hill at age 33 and Oscar De La Hoya is slowing down at age 31, Bernard Hopkins, who turns 40 in January, has reached his apex as a fighter. James Toney, who is 36, hasn't lost a step in his "old age" (or his over weight).
Jones conquerors Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson are both 35 years old; however, it should be noted that the Magic Man turned pro in '97, while the Road Warrior started punching for pay in '93.
Jones, an '88 Olympian who turned pro in '89, won his first world title (the vacant IBF middleweight belt vs. Hopkins) two months after Johnson turned pro. By the time Tarver, a '96 Olympian, turned pro, Jones was already a three-division champ, having won the IBF super middleweight title from Toney (of which he made five defenses) and the WBC "interim" light heavyweight title from Mike McCallum. Two weeks after Johnson was handed his first loss (by Hopkins) in late July of '97, Jones avenged his only pro loss, a disqualification to Montell Griffin, by first-round knockout. It was the last time Jones fought with real passion.
Originally posted by truenorth
Jones has done his share for the sport, he should quit now and not embarass himself. He's a good comentator. Step into the booth Roy, no shame in getting old.