These questions and answers were taken from Q&A with Roy Jones Jrat April, 2013. The great Roy Jones Jr. is answering different questions of the different people, about his past and present, boxing and fighters and many other interesting things related to that.

Q. What is the best single shot you ever threw? Or your personal favorite shot thrown?

R.J. The best shot I threw was an overhand right against Art Serwano (in 1992).

Q. I am a boxer and I was wondering, what is the best way to fight freestyle boxers and unpredictable boxers?

R.J. Pressure. If you put pressure on them they become predictable.

Q. What can help the average boxing fan understand the sacrifice and commitment it takes for any fighter to step into the ring professionally?

R.J. Just try it out for a week on an amateur level.

Q. Rigondeaux, obviously, beat Donaire, but what are your thoughts on the "boos" during the fight and the lack of excitement?

R.J. Well here's the point. I'm glad you brought that question up. The true art of boxing is to hit and not be hit. The American movies part of boxing is hit and get hit and who can last the longest. Then movie theater boxing. The art of boxing is what you saw Saturday night. There were boos because we're so accustomed to these movie type fights and brawls but that's not what you're going to get everytime because that's not the true art of boxing, it's art of fighting. Bradley vs Provodnikov...great fighters. Rios...great fighter. Rigondeaux and Donaire...great boxers. There's a difference. Not that some of those fighters can't box because Bradley can box and Alvarado can box but they both give better TV performances when they fight. Rigondeaux was groomed to always be a boxer. In their tradition you do not ever indulge in fighting. You always box or else you won't make their team. You will very rarely see a Cuban involved in a slugfest. That's why they do so good on the Olympic level. Their goal is the true art of boxing. Hit and not be hit. The pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather is the best example of that right now.

Q. What do you think is most impressive about Guillermo Rigondeaux?

R.J. His ability to stay disciplined. Not many guys can win a medal, let alone two medals. People underestimate the true meaning of their accomplishments.

Q. What's next for Rigondeaux?

R.J. Mares or rematch against Donaire.

Q. What was your training routine/regimen like under your father coming up as an amateur?

R.J. I had a very tough routine more like a military based routine.

Q. Do you think you'll step in the ring again? Against whom?

R.J. Yeah, I'll probably fight a cruiserweight champ or possibly Steve Collins 25(18 KO)-2(1 KO)-1.

Q. If you will be passing on some of your skills onto any young fighters by becoming a trainer?

R.J. Yes I will. I'm here in Vegas working with Jean Pascal as we speak.

Q. Roy, how do you deal with fear before going in to the ring?

R.J. Fear is something that you must learn to control early. If you can't overcome fear, you can't handle what God has for you. Fear is merely an obstacle that doesn't want you to accomplish God's goals for you.

Q. Who was the smartest fighter you faced in your career?

R.J. Rollin Williams...he was the smartest. (in 1990)

Q. I am really enjoying your fight commentary on HBO, its great to hear things from a fighters point of view. How are you finding it?

R.J. I'm enjoying it and for the people that don't like it I'm sorry they are offended by it. Donaire is one of my favorites of all but truthfully he didn't win the other night and I wouldn't have said the opposite. I was nervous because I realized he had a lot going on and was going to fight the toughest fight of his career. I do my best to stay neutral and do my best to explain to you what's actually happening in a boxing match.

Q. What life lessons have you learn from boxing?

R.J. A lot. Just because you get knocked down, it's not over. Get back up. That's the biggest lesson. You can even get knocked out but you have to get back up and come back even stronger and harder.

Q. Can you describe what the day after fight pain feels like?

R.J. Oh my gosh. You're sore in spots you didn't even know get hit. You learn a lot about boxing a day after a pro prize fight. You didn't realize places of your body that came in contact with your opponent. Two days after it's even worse!

Q. Which fight do you think made your career to where it is now?

R.J. James Toney fight.

Q. You beat James Toney in the ring in 1994. What would happen if the two of you met in the octagon, either back then or now?

R.J. I still would have won.

Q. If you got into a steel cage match with The Rock, who would win?

R.J. It would be a tough battle. If he could put his hands on me before I put my hands on him he could have a chance.

Q. Who are some young fighters you see as the next future stars of boxing?

R.J. There are a few guys like Gary Russell Jr.... Some kid named Dante Moore from the East Coast. They're a lot of young guys coming up that I am expecting to see make some noise soon. Most of these young guys show you great boxing skills along with the power and explosiveness. That's what I want to see from a fighter. Someone with style but who is also explosive with both hands.

Q. Who was your boxing idol while you was growing up?

R.J. Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard and Salvador Sanchez.

Q. What can be done to incent the top fighters to fight each other in their primes like Mayweather vs. Manny.

R.J. Nothing can be done about it. Both fighters are going to want to fight each other or else it won't happen. Everyone has different mindsets and different motives. Mayweather didn't want to fight Manny because it wasn't a move he wanted to make.

 

 

The material was taken from www.connect.hbo.com

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