Lem Satterfield

Can Jones Jr. end three-bout losing streak against Alexander?

Roy Jones Jr. will return to the ring for his third cruiserweight bout opposite Max Alexander, of Camden, N.J., on Dec. 10 in Atlanta, Ga.

A resident of Pensacola, Fla., the 42-year-old Jones (54-8, 40 KOs) has lost three straight bouts, two of them by knockout, as well as seven of his past 12 fights.

Jones was stopped in one round by Danny Green in December of 2009 and then was easily out-pointed by Bernard Hopkins in April of last year.

Meanwhile, the 30-year-old Alexander (14-5-2, 2 KOs) is 0-5-1 in his last six fights, and is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Moyoyo Mensah in October of 2009.

In his last fight, Jones was stopped by 32-year-old Denis Lebedev (22-1, 17 KOs ) with 10 seconds remaining in the 10th and final round in May of last year. It had been a competitive contest until Jones got pinned against the ropes and Lebedev landed a series of brutal punches that prompted referee Steve Smoger to stop the fight.

Jones fell face-first to the canvas and lay unconscious for several minutes.

Once regarded as the best fighter in the world, Jones has held belts in the middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions, including the vacant IBF middleweight crown which he won in May of 1993 against Hopkins — the first world title match for both fighters.

Jones scored knockouts in his first 17 fights and went 34-0 before his first loss, in which he was disqualified for hitting Montell Griffin when he was down.

Jones stopped Griffin in the first round of their rematch five months later in August of 1997, his first of 15 consecutive wins — nine of which were knockouts.

That run included a fourth-round knockout of former world champ Virgil Hill, whom Jones stopped for the first time in his career in April 1998.

Jones also knocked out Glen Kelly, and decisioned Eric Harding and Julio Cesar Gonzalez, who were 28-0-1, 19-0-1, and, 27-0, respectively, at the time of their losses.

At the height of his winning streak, a 193-pound Jones dethroned the WBA heavyweight champ, John Ruiz, by unanimous decision in March of 2003, despite being out-weighed by 23 pounds.

Jones then returned to light heavyweight to dethrone the WBC king, Antonio Tarver, by majority decision.
After that, however, Jones lost twice to Tarver, and once to Glen Johnson — being knocked out once by each of them.

Nine months after the second loss to Tarver, Jones returned to the ring for a unanimous decision over Prince Badi Ajamu in July 2006.

That was followed up by decisions over unbeaten Anthony Hanshaw and former world champion, Felix Trinidad,  in July of 2007 and January of 2008 before losing to Joe Calzaghe in August of 2008.


Lem Satterfield can be reached at lem.satterfield@gmail.com

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