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YALTA, August 20. /TASS/. Professional boxer, rapper and actor Roy Jones Jr. who filed a written application for getting Russian citizenship has no plans to renounce his US citizenship, his promoter Vladimir Khryunov told reporters on Thursday.
On Wednesday, the boxer had a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In the course of the conversation, he made known his wish to get Russian citizenship.
Putin agreed to help him - on the condition the boxer agrees to link his personal future to Russia. The procedure of signing the application for citizenship took place in Yalta on Thursday.
"Roy Jones Jr. will retain his US citizenship at the same time," Khryunov said. "He will be a dual citizen."
Roy Jones Jr., born in 1969, has been viewed as the world’s top boxer regardless of the weight status category. He started out in professional boxing in 1989 and has won world titles in four weight categories.
He has scored a really unique achievement for getting world titles in the middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight classes.
Roy Jones Jr. (62 - 8, 45 KOs) has two fights scheduled for this year at present - with Danny Santiago of the US on August 29 and Tony Moran of Britain on September 12.
Roy Jones won silver at the Summer Olympic Games in Seoul in 1988.