MOSCOW, October 28. /TASS/. Titled US-born boxer Roy Jones Jr., officially granted the Russian citizenship this month, plans to hang up his gloves following his December bout against Britain’s Enzo Maccarinelli, Jones’ promoter Vladimir Khryunov said on Wednesday.
"This will be a major closing chapter for Roy in his active boxing career," Khryunov said addressing a news conference reiterating that the much-anticipated bout of Jones, who will be for the first time fighting under the colors of the Russian national flag, will be held at Moscow’s VTB Ice Palace on December 12.
At the age of 46, Jones still continues boxing career and his December 12 bout against Maccarinelli (40 Wins with 32KOs, 7 losses, 0 draws), will be his fourth professional fight this year.
Before squaring off with Maccarinelli for the WBA Super Champion title in the light heavyweight category, Jones already enjoyed this year two TKO (technical knockout) victories over US fighters Willie Williams and Paul Vasquez - on March 6 and March 28 respectively - and finished his bout with US Eric Watkins (12-10-2, 5KOs) with a knockout victory on August 16.
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.
Jones indeed wanted to connect his future with the development of sport in Russia as he earlier announced plans to open his boxing school on the Russian southern peninsula of Crimea.
A spokesman for the governor of the Crimean city of Sevastopol told TASS earlier in the day that Governor Sergei Menyailo hoped that "Jones will join the public work on the sports development in the city."
"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," Kirill Moskalenko, a spokesman for the governor, said in an interview with TASS.
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.
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.