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Cap that! Perth fighter s lesson from all-time hero
Roy Jones Jr gives Wes Capper some advice on technique. Pics supplied

A Perth boxer looking to make his way in America received a tuition beyond his wildest dreams recently when he met up with Roy Jones Jr.

Wes Capper thought all his Christmases had come early after spending an hour-and-a-half with his "absolute hero" at a Las Vegas gym.

"I got a phone call off my manager to go to this gym which I'd not been to before. It seemed a bit strange but when I got there I spied a few guys who I'd sparred before," Capper said.

"Then there was Roy Jones, waiting to do some work with me. I was absolutely blown away.

"He has been my boxing idol and absolute hero since day dot, he's my favourite boxer of all time. So for him to take the time to show me something, it's amazing.

"He spent an hour-and-a-half showing me some things and explaining stuff I never really understood before. Nobody had shown me these things before. Seriously, it was a dream come true, it's crazy."

Capper with his "absolute hero" Roy Jones Jr

Jones arranged to meet Capper after the unbeaten middleweight was included on a show in Las Vegas for September 20 which the former four-weight world champion is co-promoting.

"Apparently it's the first outdoor boxing event here in over a decade," Capper said.

The 26-year-old has split his time between WA and the US this year, collecting wins in Vegas, Perth, North Carolina and Denver.

"It's going good, you can't complain - it's always good when you're winning," he said.

"I will probably do this fight and then head home for a bit, depending on what's happening here. Maybe just play it by ear."

The West Australian

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