Roy Jones Jr. vs. Dawid Kostecki on June 30th
By Eric Thomas: 43-year-old Roy Jones Jr. (55-8, 40 KO’s) will be taking a very dangerous bout against light heavyweight contender Dawid Kostecki (39-1, 25 KO’s) on June 30th in scheduled 10 round fight in Poland. Jones seems to be asking for trouble in this fight, as the 30-year-old Kostecki can really punch if nothing else.
This would be an easy fight for a price Jones, because Kostecki lacks hand speed and has a pretty simple style of fighting. He basically just goes after his opponents and tries to take them out with huge hammering shots. However, Jones is so far past his prime that it’s not even funny, and he’s likely to get blasted out by Kostecki, #3 WBA, #4 IBF, #4 WBC, early in this one.
Jones will be dropping down from cruiserweight to take the fight at 175. Jones moved up to cruiserweight last year in May to take on Denis Lebedev, and he suffered a bad 10th round knockout loss. Jones rebounded from that defeat to beat Max Alexander by a 10 round unanimous decision last December, but that was hardly a tough opponent for Jones. It’s going to be tough on Jones to be moving down in weight, because he’s been accustomed to fighting over 190.
One advantage that Jones has in this fight is experience against quality opposition. As good as Kostecki appears to be, he’s not faced really quality opposition during his 11 year pro career for some reason. Kostecki seems to have been kept on a soft diet of 2nd tier opposition for too long to the point where he’s very little in his career. His best wins arguably came recently when he stopped 38-year-old journeyman Byron Mitchell in the 4th round. Mitchell is someone that Kostecki ideally should have fought five or six years ago, not for a fighter in his 11th year as a pro.
It’ll be a minor miracle if Jones doesn’t get knocked out by Kostecki, and an even bigger miracle if he wins it. Like I said, a prime Jones makes easy work of Kostecki. Unfortunately, Jones hasn’t seen his prime years since 2000. It’s been too long for Jones, and he’s facing this guy at the wrong point in his career.
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