As everyone knows I have been questioning if Roy looked sick or not as he did not look right to me. Anyway I still expected him to win a decision as I thought he would out work Johnson, but I still had a lot of questions and I knew Johnson would be a big test after getting knocked out by Tarver.
Memphis is quickly becoming known as the town to get knocked out in. I had a bad feeling going into this thing that Mark Johnson was going to get whacked, but I wish everyone could have seen the fight. Choko Hernandez has solid skills and came at Too Sharp from the beginning. I only gave Mark two rounds the whole fight. Johnson was beaten the whole fight, was knocked down and then was knocked out in the next round.
As far as the Roy fight, I got a very new insight into the life of Roy Jones. This is something that I am not going to put in my column on Boxing Talk, but wanted to share it with everyone here. I met one of Jones best friends at the fight and he came over later and sat beside me for the fight. After each round we discussed what was happening. He would even call up different people to ask how the HBO judges were scoring the fight and he told me that they had only given Roy one round. I asked him who he thought was winning the fight as I had Johnson well ahead, and he told me straight forward the he felt Roy was losing. This was coming from one of his close friends and he was being honest and I respected that. He did not try to make it better than what it was.
Even when roy got staggard early in the fight, his friend was very open to what he was seeing. He kept telling me what Roy needed to start doing. He would then yell at the corner to encourage Roy. At one point he said that he has been telling Roy for a long time that he needed to change things up. He said he has told him over and over again that he is not as mobile and as young as he once was and he could not get away with lying on the ropes, he just could not do what he once could, but Roy would not listen. Right before Roy got knocked out he looked over at me and said "Damn, Roy is about to get knocked out!" Almost as soon as he said it Roy went crashing to the canvas.
The worse part of the whole deal was watching Roy's kids crying at ringside pleading for their daddy to get up. Not to get up to continue, but just to get up. You could see the hurt and the worry in their faces, and that they knew their father was seriously hurt. That is an image I will never forget. Even Smoke Gainer could not calm them down.