Roy Jones wants ALL the belts, does not matter what it is!
Recently, the WBC has come under fire for creating a number of silly and pointless belts. At the top of the list is their asinine “Franchise champion’ distinction. Despite its title, it is not even an actual championship title. In fact, the belt does little more than confuse the fans, complicate the rankings and undermine their own WBC divisional champion. Now they have dreamed up the odd-sounding WBC Frontline Battle Belt. And no, this belt is not for veterans or those that serve in the military! Instead, they have concocted this latest trivial belt for the November 28 exhibition between “Iron” Mike Tyson (50-6, 44 KO’s) and Roy Jones Jr (66-9, 47 KO’s).
Given the popularity of the two men, there is no need to toss in a belt to drum up public interest. Also, due to this being an exhibition, the addition of this belt makes it all the more cheesy and self-serving. Despite it being called the Frontline Battle belt, ‘Black Lives Matter’ is plastered across the front in bold letters. In fact, for a number of days, many were literally calling the strap the Black Lives Matter belt. Yet, regardless of the actual name of the trinket, many have taken offense believing that this element was added in poor taste.
I WANT THEM ALL!
Recently, Floyd Mayweather Jr (50-0, 27 KO’s) conducted an interview in which he expressed his belief that there are too many belts in circulation. When Roy Jones Jr was asked about this stand point during an interview with Triller, he got pretty amped up. He also explained why he could not careless what belt was on the line. So long as there was a strap to be won, he wanted to win it!
“First of all, I don’t give a damn about what nobody say! It ain’t got to do with me, I don’t give a damn what none of them say. I do what I do, my business is my business, I don’t care what he [Floyd Mayweather Jr] or nobody else say, this ain’t got nothing to do with him. So, he can stay over there in his lane, do what he do, let me do what I do!
Secondly, when I was fighting I wasn’t like them. I went and got every belt possible that I could get in my weight class at the time. And Mike did the same thing. We come from the old school. Wasn’t no talking about we’ll take this one, no, no, no! We want every belt you got! I don’t care what kind of belt it is, it could be the Joe [unintelligible] Seafood Belt, I want that! I don’t care what it was. If you had a belt in my weight class, in my prime I wanted that.
So right now, if you want to see me perform and you put a belt on the line, I’m sorry but it’s like drugs, I can’t say no! You offer me a title, you got me babe! We got to do it now. So, it don’t mean nothing to people like him maybe, but it mean the world to me.”
Clearly, Jones does not care why and where this latest creation came from! He just wants it wrapped around his waist. Let us just hope he is not mangled or concussed by his ferocious adversary in the process!
By: Bakari Simpson