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Q+A Roy Jones Jr.


The 35-year-old former heavyweight and middleweight champion is working as a boxing analyst for HBO.

SI: You were knocked out in each of your last two fights. Have you retired from boxing, or are you on a break?

Jones: I'm just taking a break. I'll decide my future in the spring or summer of 2005.

SI: Won't it be hard to find something else that captures you the way boxing did?

Jones: No. Among other things [I'm doing], the title of my new album is Roy Jones, Jr. Presents: Body Head Bangerz Volume One, and it's coming out this week. I love hip-hop, and I'm going to make sure I succeed.

SI: Are there any goals left for you in boxing?

Jones: No, I really don't think so. The only thing I might consider is going back and winning a cruiserweight title.

SI: So you would be fine retiring right now?

Jones: Oh, yeah. I accomplished all my goals, and once you don't have goals, that's when it's time to stop. That's the problem with me now. I'm like, O.K., what am I doing then? I was the first man in over 100 years to become heavyweight champion of the world as a middleweight champion. That's good enough for me.

SI: In the 1988 Olympics you were robbed of the gold medal. Why did you accept the silver, and where is it?

Jones: My mom has it somewhere. I wasn't going to be a bad sport. I wasn't representing myself. I was representing my country, and that would have made the United States of America look bad. So I took it.

SI: You breed dogs and horses, and you have plenty of chickens on your property in Pensacola, Fla. What is it about raising these animals that you like so much?

Jones: Animals were my best friends when I was coming up. I realized a long time ago that animals love you regardless of what you are, who you are, what you're worth and what you're not worth. They are true friends. --Richard Deitsch