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ONE TOUGH BIRD
Gary Smith
June 26, 1995
Roy Jones Jr., the best boxer pound for pound, was raised under the rules of cockfighting: win or die
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June 26, 1995

One Tough Bird

Roy Jones Jr., the best boxer pound for pound, was raised under the rules of cockfighting: win or die

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"How 'bout tomorrow?"

"Busy then too."

"What about next week? The week after?"

"Gonna be real busy. Maybe sometime after that."

"After that? Who knows if I'll be around after that?"

"Tough cookies," says his father.

The son returns to his farm, his roosters. "That's it," he says. "Deep in my heart, I'll always love him. But I won't ever talk to him again." He holds a gamecock near his cheek, then sets it back in its cage and walks toward the woods...precisely the man Big Roy Jones always intended to raise.

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