Roy Jones Jr Comes to Liverpool
 
Today sat the press conference in Liverpool for the fight in September between boxing legend Roy Jones Jr (61-8-0) and local lad Tony Moran. (15-6-0)
Undoubtedly the underdog come fight night, Moran only stepped back in a boxing ring in May 2015 after a prolonged absence.  He described his story as "the Cinderella Man" telling the fans and press in attendance the story of his time out of the limelight and working in shelters.  Moran is a former challenger for the British and Commonwealth cruiserweight title, as well as having spent time being involved in mixed martial arts.
 
His words didn't inspire you that he believes he will win the fight, but he did promise that he will be there to put up a fight.  He acknowledged Jones' superior boxing skills but indicated that he believed a match in the trenches will suit him better come September.  Few would doubt that it is likely to be more effective even if not achieving the victory.
 
Undoubtedly bringing Jones Jr to Liverpool is a coup for Vaughan Boxing.  His motivations for fighting on these shore will of course be questioned but undoubtedly this provides a huge boost in exposure for the already booming Scouse boxing scene.
Press Conference
Roy Jones Jr, Stephen Vaughan, Francis Warren
It will be the first time the 46 year old American has boxed on British shores on the show promoted by Vaughan Boxing and taking place under Maltese Boxing Commission regulations, taking place on September 12th at Aintree Equestrian Centre.  Francis Warren was also present, having been pivotal in negotiations for the American to come over.

Jones Jr was in good spirits during the press conference despite only flying in from America this week.  He fielded questions from the press and fans - ranging from "is this part of your road to Marco Huck?" to "which animal would you fight if you had to?".
Fighters on the card
Tony Moran
Other fighters involved in the card absorbed each word spoken by Jones, taking photos on their own cameras and getting the opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A.  A reminder that those in the fight game have every right to be a fan as well.

Jones confirmed that this fight is part of his path to getting a shot at world cruiserweight champion Marco Huck.  He also has a fight lined up in August against American Danny Santiago.  Having won world titles at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight, a victory over Huck at cruiserweight would complete the set of titles from middle to heavyweight.  Jones has stepped in the ring with legends such as Bernard Hopkins, Joe Calzaghe and James Toney.

Whether that ambition gets fulfilled or not remains to be seen, but Jones still talks a great game and is clearly delighted to still be stepping in the ring and able to show his skills off worldwide.  No doubt the 4,000+ fans who pack out the Equestrian Centre in Liverpool will be seeing a fighter thats legacy will live on for years to come.
The fighter is renowned for his achievements during the 1990's and 2000's, having been the first fighter in over 100 hundred years to have captured world titles from middleweight through to heavyweight, untouched accomplishments in the current era.

He discussed which of his past opponents he would like to fight again ("all of them"), which fighters he never got to fight when he wanted to (Mike Tyson never returned his calls when he was heavyweight champ) and played to the hundreds in attendance, spending a good amount of time posing for photos with fans and giving all the answers to make Liverpool a less hostile environment on fight night.
Undoubtedly the local fans will get behind their boy Tony Moran.  He played his role to a tee.  Unassuming and humbled to be given the opportunity to face the American great he offered him a handshake on arrival and looked as delighted as anyone to see him in the building!