Roy Jones Jr. is clapping back at Wladimir Klitschko — after the former 2x heavyweight champ from Ukraine questioned RJJ’s “moral compass” for his close relationship with Russia — with the Hall of Fame boxer saying he doesn’t want to see anyone hurt … Russian or Ukrainian.
And, Jones Jr. makes it clear … if Wladimir continues to badmouth him, they can get in a ring and figure out their differences.
“I have people on both sides of the fence. I don’t wanna see nobody die. Nobody fight like that because people die of war. I don’t wanna see nobody on either side die. I have loved ones on both sides of the fence. You understand me? I got kids on this side, people on that side. I love both sides. I don’t want to see nobody die,” Roy said.
Of course, the issue couldn’t be closer to Wladimir … whose been on the ground in Ukraine throughout the entire Russian invasion, witnessing almost endless death and destruction.
In fact, Wladimir’s brother Vitali Klitschko is the mayor of Kyiv … the capital (and most populous city) of Ukraine.
During W. Klitschko’s Hall of Fame induction last weekend, the now immortalized pugilist had some very strong words for Roy … who was also inducted the same weekend.
“There’s one person for whom I have a real question. One person broke Ukrainian law by going to the occupied peninsula of Crimea through Russian territory,” Klitschko said.
“So, Roy, whose side are you on? On the side of the aggressor, or on the side of the defender of his right to live? I respect you as a fighter but I really question your moral compass.”
FYI, a few years back, Roy became a citizen of Russia (he remains a U.S. citizen, too).
But, Roy says the last thing he wants to see is people die in a war.
“If it was up to me, we wouldn’t even have a war. You understand where I’m coming from? So don’t try to put me off in there like I’m some guy, ‘Oh, he’s happy this.’ “I don’t know enough about it to be happy about it. How could I tell you, I don’t know that Russia wrong. I don’t know that Ukraine wrong. I don’t know who the hell might be right or wrong. And I don’t care ’cause that’s not my field.”
Jones Jr. continued … “If I was a president, senator or politician, then I’d be ready to argue with him, but I’m not. So, the only thing I can argue with him about is if he thinks he can whoop me, then we can have that argument.”
Whether or not Jones Jr.’s response is enough to appease Wladimir is unclear. And, if it’s not, Roy seems ready to take things to the ring.
“If you think you can whoop me, that’s a whole different thing. I do still box for a living. If you want to talk about whooping me, that’s one other thing. if you want to do something about it, then me and you can fight anytime.”