Jones Jr-Hanshaw Quotes
Quotes from He’s Baack! Witness The Return of a King: Jones vs. Hanshaw” Los Angeles press conference at the historic Los Angeles Sentinel, the West Coast’s largest African American newspaper.
“He’s Baack! Witness The Return Of a King: Jones-Hanshaw” is a scheduled 12-round bout which will be on top of a packed and exciting undercard. The PPV TV will be distributed by In Demand and produced by Madison Square Garden Network.
Roy Jones, Jr.: Great to be in Los Angeles. I’ll tell you one thing: you don’t lose because you get big headed, you lose because when you make a move to win the heavyweight championship of the world you have to make big sacrifices. I went up to heavyweight to win the heavyweight championship, the first in 106 years to do so after winning the middleweight title. I also wanted to come back down and regain the light heavyweight championship like Simmons did. After he lost the heavyweight title he went down and regained the light heavyweight title.
If I didn’t do the same I wouldn’t have completed the job I set out to do. I wanted to do the same as Simmons did. Did I like the sacrifices of going down in weight? Of course I did not. Do I like to lose? Of course I don’t. Do I like fighting someone I’m supposed to beat? Heck no, that’s not worth my time. So when I come back, I am searching for somebody who’s going to be a formidable opponent, someone who’s going to challenge me. The name Anthony Hanshaw came up and I said, “I’ll fight Anthony.” My name is Roy Jones Jr. who back. ducks nobody. You want me, come get me — I’m right here. Now I have everyone where I want them. They’re doubters. They don’t believe.
Now I’ve got to prove a point. Come July 14 I know Anthony is going to be ready. His job is to beat me and I got nothing against him trying. My job is to make sure that doesn’t happen. Come July 14 I’m I’m going to be in super form. I was looking at a magazine the other day and saw the two pound for pound fighters they listed. None of them can throw a five -, six-punch combination like I do. Nobody can do it like Roy Jones can do it. Still.
Anthony Hanshaw: Most of you probably don’t know me, but on July 14 you will know me. I want to thank Murad and Roy Jones for giving me this opportunity. After July 14, Roy Jones will have his retirement party. That’s all I have to say. I don’t talk much and I’ll do all my talking in the ring.
Bryan Justus, Manager of Anthony Hanshaw: Up to this point, and perhaps all the way leading up to the fight on July 14, everything has been about Roy Jones. I think it’s an honor to have this opportunity to fight an athlete of the stature of Jones. But who is Tony Hanshaw? Who is he? I’ll tell you a little bit about who he is and then he’ll do the rest on the night of the 14th. He’s a guy who was running at five in the morning when we were scheduled to leave for the airport. I couldn’t get him out of camp. He’s that committed. I said, “Tony, we have to go.”
He’s serious about this fight. We were able to make a great match with probably one of the greatest trainers and teachers in boxing, Floyd Mayweather, Sr., who was not able to come today. Tony “The Tyger” was already good coming into camp for this fight, but come July 14 he’s going to be great. His skills are going to be at their peak, his moves, his defense and his offense. He’s going to take care of business. Once he does we won’t have to ask who Tony Hanshaw is anymore. You will all witness it.
Murad Muhammad, Promoter: First I have to say thank you to the Sentinel for welcoming us. We thought we would do something different. You know how I always try to be original. We just came back from holding press conferences in Biloxi, New York City and Chicago. So I said, ‘we’re going to the West Coast so let’s do something rare.’ Roy and I have wanted to do this for years; we wanted to institute the idea that the black press is a great asset. Yet for some very strange reason they are lost when it comes to boxing.
For other sports they’re very significant but to boxing we are somehow losing our minority press presence, and we thought this would be an excellent foundation, a cornerstone to the success of the black media around the country. So again, I would like to thank the Sentinel for allowing us to come into this historic building where many great politicians and athletes have graced this building.
I want you to understand that we want to send a message to the boxing world. We are in a stage where we need some pizzazz and electricity and Roy Jones, Jr. being the legend decided that he’s coming back. He was back when he fought last year, but now he’s back in the right state of mind, he’s back in the right spirit with the understanding that he has something to prove and that you don’t give up. And on July 14 a major network decided to put a show on our date. But I don’t mind that because I like competition.
Sometimes HBO fights Showtime, other times Showtime fights HBO but if you want to be part of the big guys you have to know you’re going to be in a fight. On that date there will only be ONE legend who will be inside the ring and one undefeated fighter with the qualifications, determination and abilities to upset the legend. So we’re here to announce this is a real fight. If you want to see just a fight, then turn on the other channel. If you want to see a real fight, a pick ‘em fight because you don’t understand why Roy Jones, Jr. took on this tough, energetic young fighter that don’t know how to lose, then you tune in to this fight.
Roy knows the gamble but yet took on a fighter that can derail his goals. Yet he says this is what boxing is all about. To be able to prove you’re the best you have to fight the best and the best can’t get up unless they feel they have a threat on the opposite corner. If you’re not in it mentally and spiritually you can get knocked out.
Ken Miller, Editor, Los Angeles Sentinel: It’s an honor to welcome the media for this historic occasion, for arguably one of the greatest athletes not just in the sport of boxing but in all sports in the history of our country. It’s a red-letter day for us because we championed many of the causes that are important to the African American community on a daily basis. It is great for us to have received the opportunity when I got the call from Murad Muhammad that Roy wanted to have his LA press conference here to announce “He’s Baack. Witness The Return of a King: Roy Jones vs. Anthony Hanshaw.”
Danny Bakewell, Jr., CEO & Publisher, Los Angeles Sentinel: I think it’s a great day and a compliment to Roy Jones and his team that they would come to the black press, the black community to announce this fight in Los Angeles. The Black community is going to stand strong and firm behind a brother who has demonstrated that he’s not ashamed, he’s not afraid to stand up, not only in the ring but also outside of the ring, for African Americans. To doing what is right. He’s our champion and we have embraced him as he has embraced us.
We have a lot of people that talk about being down for the community, but they don’t come to the community to announce these types of historic events. They came from this community and left, and in many cases we haven’t seen them since the time they left. This brother always comes back. This brother has really never left us. He may have gone to visit other places, but he’s a brother who is really from the African American community. He is a member of our community.
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