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Roy Jones Jr. showing Chris Eubank Jr. his ROOSTER moves

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By Tim Royner: Chris Eubank Jr. posted a short clip on social media of him working on his footwork with his coach boxing great Roy Jones Jr., who is seen showing him his ‘ROOSTER’ moves.

What’s really impressive is how well Jones moves while wearing sandals, which aren’t the ideal footwear to be moving around the ring.

The 51-years-old, Jones Jr. still moves better than the much younger 30-year-old Eubank Jr. {29-2, 22 KOs). Even with sandals on, Jones is smoother on his feet than Eubank Jr.

What Jones should be teaching Eubank Jr. is to keep his hands high to protect his head. The moves that Jones used only worked for him when he had his reflexes and hand speed. Eubank Jr. needs a trainer that can teach him technique, and it’s highly debatable whether Jones is the right guy for the job.

Once Jones lost some of his speed, he started getting knocked out like clockwork. It didn’t matter that Jones was STILL faster than all of his opponents. His defense was so poor that he got hit too much, and he didn’t have the chin to take those shots.

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Roy Jones Jr. can’t teach Eubank how to be faster

Chris lacks the cat-like reflexes and hand speed of Jones, even now. Jones is STILL faster than Eubank Jr. Speed isn’t everything, though, but it helps.

The former four-division world champion Jones is trying to improve Eubank’s game so that he can challenge the likes of WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo.


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While it looks impressive, the rooster moves that Jones is showing Eubank, this isn’t something that we ever see Roy use during his career. If you look at Jones’ fights, he didn’t use the ‘rooster’ move to avoid shots. He mostly used his fast reflexes to lean away from shots.

For example, if you look at Jones’ fight with James Toney in 1994. Jones dominated with his blazing-fast hand speed, and his ring generalship. The speed is what won the battle for Jones. It wasn’t so much the technique that Jones had, considering that Toney probably would have beaten him if he wasn’t so fast.

Chris Jr. needs to make up for the lost time

Eubank Jr. has a lot of work that he needs to put in with Jones before he is ready for the likes of Jermall. If that fight happens today, Charlo would likely destroy Eubank Jr.

There’s a big difference in power and talent between Charlo and Eubank Jr., and that’s not going to go away with the crash course of coaching by Roy Jones Jr. What Eubank Jr. a more technical trainer that can teach him the right way.

Jones was a good fighter, but his whole game was based on his speed. When he started slowing down, he didn’t have the technical ability to fall back on.

If Eubank Jr. had Jones Jr. as his trainer from day one when he first turned pro in 2011, he’d likely be a much better fighter than he is today. However, there are no guarantees that Eubank Jr. would be good enough to beat guys like Jermall Charlo, Gennady Golovkin, or Canelo Alvarez.

When Eubank Jr. mixes it up with any of the top-level middleweights, he’s going to be in trouble. Jones could end up teaching Eubank jr. a lot of bad habits that will get him knocked cold when he faces fighters like Charlo.


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