Rashad Evans is no stranger to being around other famous athletes. If it's not Victoria Azarenka, it's Tito Trinidad or Michael Irvin or Bernard Hopkins. The latest turn sees Rashad getting some boxing lessons from none other than Ring Magazine's "Fighter of the Decade" for the 1990's, Roy Jones, Jr.
Here's video of Rashad working with Roy and talking about the experience (Roy part starts at roughly 5:25):
"One of the biggest things of my life that has happened to this date is that someone like Roy (Jones, Jr.) came in and gave me some pointers, and some advice," said Evans. "Boxing and MMA is different in some respect, but at the same time, you can pick up little jewels that he is putting out there. This has become like Ali and Frazer training camp, wherever everybody is sitting and watching you, and watching....it is crazy."
Rashad clearly isn't training with Roy full-time or anything, and that's probably not a bad thing. Roy is a guy who had phenomenal physical gifts and never seemed like a guy who'd be any good at training anyone. Likely because of that superstar "this was easy for you, why can't you do it?" mentality that affects most superstars who try to move to coaching.
As for Roy, this is as close to a big fight as he's getting (other than his occasional gigs doing commentary work for HBO boxing fights). As my pro sports hero growing up, it's not exactly my favorite thing to write, but his career has become a sham over nearly the last decade. From the once incredible talent to a guy who fights Max Alexander in front of nobody in Atlanta.
Jones' most recent "appearance" was in Russia before the main event fight of Denis Lebedev vs Shawn Cox. Jones wasn't there to fight though, he was there to rap. ...or rather, to lip-sync his rap.
I don't begrudge Roy his right to earn a living and keep fighting. But I long for the day when he retires and gets his well deserved trip to the hall of fame.