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Legend Jones has loved his trip to Liverpool; boxing.

Byline: Phil Kirkbride

STARS of the future met a living legend this week when Roy Jones Jnr dropped into the Golden Gloves gym.

The American boxing great finished off his stay on Merseyside by spending time at the Belvedere Boys Club in Toxteth.

A hall of fame inductee in the coming years for sure, Jones Jnr signed autographs, posed for countless photographs and even had time to sample the club's cuisine in the upstairs Cheeco's Diner.

When claiming a points decision over WBA champion John Ruiz in 2003, Jones Jnr became the first former middleweight champion in over 100 years to lift the heavyweight crown.

The former undisputed light-heavyweight king, Jones Jnr is considered one of the best pound-for-pound boxers of all time and his visit to the packed Miles Street gym brought huge levels of anticipation on Monday afternoon.

After a series of after-dinner speeches throughout Merseyside and a half-time appearance at Sunday's Goodison Park derby match, Jones Jnr offered some words of inspiration for the members of the Golden Gloves.

"I have been loving my time in Liverpool," Jones Jnr said. "Hopefully I can be an example for these kids to follow because with hard work, dedication and faith in God they can go far.

"I had it tough growing up and can see that here in Liverpool. But what gyms like this provide, is a breeding ground for great fighters. You can see the hunger these kids have and how they want to become great boxers. I loved being at the derby match on Sunday and it was great to be invited."

Golden Gloves coach Steve Ungi said: "We are absolutely privileged a living legend like Roy came down to our gym. We are immensely proud to have had him here and his visit will give the kids that extra little push."

The arrival of the US megastar, who also showed up at the Bridge Road MMA gym in Litherland, followed another successful evening as the Gloves hosted their first dinner show of the season.

At the Devonshire House Hotel on Friday night, the Liverpool amateur stable took on the Combined Services Boxing Association with the night doubling as a fundraiser for the SSAFA charity.

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 20, 2010
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