Dexter Jackson responds to Shawn Ray and his critique.
It looks like former Olympia champion Dexter Jackson has some choice words for Shawn Ray. The bodybuilding community has come to know Ray as an outspoken figure. He speaks his mind and doesn’t care about the consequences. Shawn Ray has had a number of interviews calling out other bodybuilders and their physiques. One such athlete is Dexter Jackson who is still competing at a high level into his fifties.
In a recent interview for Valuetainment, Dexter Jackson had a chance to hear what Shawn Ray said about him during his own sit down with Patrick Bet-David. Shawn Ray made comments suggesting that a prime Jackson wouldn’t be enough to be successful in his era.
It’s safe to say that ‘The Blade’ didn’t take kindly to the critique.
While Dexter Jackson has never been one to rock the boat, he unleashed his opinion on Ray’s comments. From the sounds of things Jackson didn’t hold back.
“First of all, my first three years are not my prime. I turned pro in 1999; 2000, 2001, that’s when I compete with Shawn. That’s not my prime. My prime wasn’t until I hit 2005, 6, and 7. That’s my prime. When Shawn was beating me, I was damn near Shawn’s weight. That’s when Shawn was beating me.
“Here’s the thing, people are always coming out, trying to compare eras. You can’t compare eras. This era is totally different from the ’90s. Those guys were sucked in, and sucked down, and I was eating 4 or 5 meals a day to look like that. Nowadays, you’ve got to eat your ass off to be full. You come in like that, you’re going to get smoked because these guys are full these days.”
Dexter Jackson seems fully confident that he’d decimate Shawn Ray in his prime. How do you think Jackson would have done against Ray?
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