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22nd Mar 2016

VIDEO: Former heavyweight champ Roy Jones Jr knocks out ‘fan’ who took him on in a fight

He won a contest

Ben Kenyon

They say you should never meet your heroes.

Nobody told this to the Roy Jones Jr fan who took on the former heavyweight champion in a fight. An actual fight.

Jones Jr reigned as boxing’s pound for pound king in his heyday – notching up a 49-1 record between 1989 and 2003.

The 47-year-old is way past his best, obviously. But the American, who refuses to retire, has still obviously got a mean set of fists on him.

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The man who took on Jones Jr in the bizarre boxing match was 33-year-old Vyron Phillip. He won the right to fight the ex-champion after being picked from 1,500 entries on a Facebook vote and was due to scoop a $100,000 payout if he won the contest staged in Phoenix, Arizona.

He wasn’t exactly a novice, but his 6-1 record in amateur boxing and a 5-3 MMA record was nowhere near the class of fighters Jones Jr faced on his way to titles at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight.

It was aired on pay-per-view on the internet at $11.99 alongside some wrestling and grappling matching in Arizona.

Needless to say Phillip didn’t last long in there against the boxing great. A short right hand from the veteran finished his night early in the second round.