Roy Jones Jr didn’t falter when asked who would come out on top between him and Saul ‘Canelo’ Álvarez.
Whilst many fans are frustrated by fantasy match ups, others enjoy the discussion around prime versus prime battles despite the answer forever being out of reach.
Asked by DAZN how he would fare against Canelo, Jones was supremely confident.
“Roy Jones kills everybody, just like Muhammad Ali.”
The bravado is to be expected from Jones, who made history in the sport and still holds records. He made his professional debut in 1989 and fought professionally right the way up until 2018 – although his glory days were long gone by then.
Canelo has won titles in four weight classes, beginning at super welterweight and ending at light heavyweight. The Mexican is the first boxer in history to become the undisputed super middleweight champion, and recently had a crack at cruiser, although came up short to Dmitry Bivol.
Jones Jr was a weight crusader, too. He also had world championship success in four divisions, although he started at middleweight and went straight to the top of the heavyweight division. With 66 wins from 75 fights, he’s considered one of the greatest to ever lace up the gloves.
Álvarez is closing in on those numbers – 58 wins from 62 – and is in the process of creating his own future hall of fame application. The two would have likely met at super middleweight if there wasn’t such a generational gap.
Both hard hitters, the fight would be a shootout between Jones’ often devastating lead left hook and Canelo’s superb counter work. Unfortunately for fans, it’s one that can only be discussed – Canelo still in the midst of his campaign and ‘RJ’ spending his time as a trainer now.