Roy Jones Jr has spoken out about the recent heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Derek Chisora, and said he had gained admiration for Fury from him giving his old friend a payday late on in his career.
Speaking at the IBA General Boxing Forum in Abu Dhabi, Jones claimed Fury was now one of his favourite fighters due to his generosity in giving Chisora the opportunity.
In an interview with IFL TV, Jones said:
“Tyson Fury’s a pretty awesome guy. To know that you beat Chisora two times already, you don’t need to fight him and you’ve got no reason to go back and help him out – but you did that. Because he’s a friend of yours and you want to help your friend out.
Now, this is boxing, so you’ve got to give the fans what they paid for. They didn’t pay to see you take it easy on nobody, so he had to go out and do what he did to his friend.
But to even give Chisora the opportunity, a great bonus to go out on – he got to fight Tyson Fury, where else is he going to get that kind of money? But Tyson did that for him, that says a lot about him and he’ll probably be one of my favourite fighters from now on.”
Fury controlled affairs from the opening bell at the Tottenham Hotspurs stadium last weekend, hurting Chisora on multiple occasions before referee Victor Loughlin stepped in in the tenth round to put ‘Del Boy’ out of his misery.
All roads now seem to point towards an undisputed clash between Fury and unified world champion, who was ringside for Fury’s win over Chisora.