Current cruiserweight contender Tony Bellew has spoken to WBN about the recently announced clash between former pound for pound king Roy Jones Jr and fellow Scouser Tony Moran on September 12.
Legend Jones Jr heads to the UK to fight for the first time in his career at Aintree Racecourse in the fall and Bellew says that despite the contest being a good chance for Moran to enjoy the spotlight, his American opponent is long past his best days.
“It’s a great occasion and opportunity for Tony Moran and I’m happy for him personally, but If I’m being honest Roy Jones is kind of like an Idol to me and to see him still fighting is kind of sad,” Bellew exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Roy’s only a shell of his former self and if he would have retired after he defeated John Ruiz (for the world heavyweight title) then he would have had a fair shout as being called the greatest fighter who ever lived.
“He was certainly the most gifted fighter of his era – there is no doubt about that and people who really know boxing know that a prime Roy Jones Jr is one of the greatest fighters to ever lace the gloves up,” he added.
At 46 years-old, Jones remains as busy ever in lining up three fights between August 15 and his Liverpool date with Moran beginning with a contest against Billy Bailey at Foxwoods before taking on Danny Santiago two weeks later.
A one-time British title challenger at 200lbs, Moran, 42, had been out of the ring for eight years until a recent comeback win against Jody Meikle – his first career victory in ten years.