Boyhood rivals clash for the third time

Roy Jones will battle fellow American Antonio Tarver for the third time on Saturday as the two boyhood rivals square off for supremacy in boxing’s light heavyweight division.

Jones (49-3, 38 KOs) and Tarver (23-3, 19 KOs) meet in a 12-round main event which Jones hopes will restore his legacy as a boxing champion.

”I think Roy now understands his legacy is on the line,” Tarver said.

”But it is Tarver time. Roy might be as great as everybody says he is. But I plan to show once again that he’s not better than me.”

Jones and Tarver met for the first time as teenagers in Florida.

After winning a silver medal at the 1988 Olympics, Jones went on to capture world titles in four weight classes.

This marks the rubber match between the two. In their last fight, Tarver posted a shocking second-round knockout of Jones in May 2004.

In 2003, Jones won a controversial split decision over Tarver.

Jones has struggled in his last three fights, losing by consecutive knockouts to Tarver and Glen Johnson.

Johnson is the common opponent between the two. Jones lost on a ninth round knockout to Johnson in September 2004 while Tarver lost a split decision to Johnson three months later. Tarver avenged that defeat by taking a unanimous decision from Johnson in January.

Jones has reunited with his father/trainer, Roy Sr, who will be in his corner on Saturday. Roy Sr has trained Jones since age 13 before they parted ways last year. – Sapa-AFP

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