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Crimea invites legendary boxer Roy Jones Jr. to open school

October 15, 2015, 15:09 UTC+3 SIMFEROPOL
Heavyweight world champion Jones Jr. was granted Russian citizenship by President Vladimir Putin in September
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Roy Jones Jr.

Roy Jones Jr.

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SIMFEROPOL, October 15. /TASS/. Crimean Sports Minister Georgy Shestak invited on Thursday legendary US boxer Roy Jones Jr. — recipient of a Russian passport last month — to further his deepening ties with Russia by opening a boxing school on the peninsula's territory.

"Tell Roy Jones to come to me and discuss this issue," Shestak told TASS. "Of course, if this is not a joke," he said, reflecting on Jones' announced intention to launch such a project.

Heavyweight world champion Jones Jr. was granted Russian citizenship by President Vladimir Putin in September. The boxer met Russia's head of state a month before in Crimea’s Sevastopol, telling the president he wanted to become a Russian citizen.

Putin agreed to help the boxer if he connected his future life with Russia. Jones' school plans followed soon after.

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