With Jon Jones clearly under scrutiny for his alleged drug use in the UFC, his time in North American sports could be coming to a close. If he is charged with using banned substances he likely will serve a 4 year ban from MMA, and the UFC. Not exactly what you’re looking for from your top talent.
Financially, Jones has never been a bigger draw. There is controversy, there is talent, and if he enters the boxing world, there is the ‘What If’ factor. Mcgregor just proved this last night, as he talked his way into the ring with the greatest boxer of all time. I’m not trying to argue Floyd’s place in the history books, but 50-0 is still 50-0, passing Rocky Marciano for the best undefeated record in boxing.
Back to Jones, he weighs in at 205 Pounds, and is considered a heavy weight by boxing standards. Regardless if he is found guilty, Jones should enter the boxing frey. Mcgregor tripled his net worth this year following a loss to Mayweather. Prior to the fight, there was the shit talking (which Jones can do to a lesser degree) the ‘What if factor’ which Jones has more of. He has huge knockout power, improvises in the octagon, and has extreme talent that stands out in the UFC. He is undefeated in the UFC (except for a poor no contest decision loss bullshit, because he used a downward elbow), and has 10 knockouts in MMA.
He has active champions in boxing in Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, and my real hope for his theoretical opponent, Vladimir Klitschko. While I don’t 100% understand USADA’s reach, and their ability to suspend Jones, I believe he can fight internationally. This fight needs to occur within the next 2 years, whether it is against any of these three opponents. Strike while the iron is hot and while people know, and are talking about Jones.
This fight would likely have to be international. Tyson Fury, and Joshua are both British. Sell out Wemblay stadium. Boom, billion dollar fight.
If Klitschko comes out of retirement (for the money obviously) fight in Russia. That would be nuts.
Some boxing purists will say that Jones doesn’t have a chance, and I can understand that. But if Mcregor can walk into the ring with the best technical boxer of all time and last 10 rounds, Jones has the ability to go head to head with the worlds best heavyweights.
Lets make it happen. Jon Jones needs a fight, and unless he is proven innocent by USADA investigation, we won’t be seeing him for a while. He has knockout power, entertainment value, and the ‘What if factor’, that is undeniably enticing.
What are your thoughts?