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SEVASTOPOL, October 28. /TASS/. The authorities of Russia’s southern city of Sevastopol want titled US-born boxer Roy Jones Jr., who was granted the Russian citizenship, to be a public figure promoting healthy life style in the city, Sevastopol governor’s press secretary Kirill Moskalenko told TASS on Wednesday.
"The governor of Sevastopol hopes that Roy Jones will join the public work on the sports development in the city," Moskalenko said in an interview with TASS. "This issue has been already discussed by [Governor] Sergei Menyailo with the manager of the boxer and he hopes to discuss this issue personally with Jones later in the day in Moscow."
"The governor sees Roy in the role of the public figure, who would be dealing with the propaganda of the healthy life style in Sevastopol," Moskalenko said.
The spokesman also said that the mooted boxing school, which Jones earlier announced he to open in Sevastopol, might be located in the Patriot Youth Center in Crimea.
"This school totally fits the concept of this center," Moskalenko added.
On Tuesday, US professional boxer, TV-commentator, trainer, rap singer and actor Roy Jones Jr. received his Russian passport during a ceremony at the Federal Migration Service in Moscow.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to grant citizenship to Jones, 46, on September 12. The boxer previously met the Russian president on August 19 in Crimea’s Sevastopol and told Putin he wanted to become a Russian citizen. Putin agreed to assist if the boxer connects his future life with Russia.
Receiving the passport on Wednesday, the boxer said it was a great event for him, happy to think he would be coming to Russia as its citizen. "I am Russian," Jones said in Russian.
On December 12, he will appear in a Moscow ring to fight for the WBA Super Champion title in the light heavyweight category.
At one point, Jones was considered the world’s top boxer regardless of weight category. His professional career began in 1989 and has world titles in four weight classes to his credit.
He is also a unique sporting figure in being the sole boxer to win champion titles in the middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions.
In professional boxing he scored 62 wins, including 45 knockouts, and lost eight fights. In 1988, he won a silver medal at the Seoul Olympics.