Various media outlets are reporting that a light heavyweight title fight between Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones Jr. has been signed for Sept. 20. The bout is expected to take place at Madison Square Garden and will be televised on HBO pay-per-view.
The 36-year old Calzaghe, who is considered by many pundits to be the number two pound-for-pound boxer in the world behind Manny Pacquiao, fought in the U.S. for the first-time ever this past April in Las Vegas. In that bout, Calzaghe defeated Bernard Hopkins at the Thomas & Mack Center to claim the light heavyweight title he currently holds.
Jones Jr., 39, resurrected his fading career this past January by defeating Felix Trinidad in a high-profile fight. It was Jones Jr.’s third win in a row after having lost consecutive bouts to Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson. He is a former middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight champion and at one point in his career was considered by many to be the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
Negotiations had taken place in recent months for a boxing fight between Jones Jr. and current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. It was a fight that Silva’s camp greatly desired but was nixed by UFC President Dana White. Silva was eventually signed to a new contract and is scheduled to make his light heavyweight debut on July 19 against James “Sandman” Irvin.
A fight between Jones Jr. and Silva looks doubtful to happen in the future. It has been reported that under the terms of Silva’s new deal, he’s contracted to the UFC for six more fights. Jones Jr. is also already making plans after his Sept. bout vs. Calzaghe, as he has expressed his desire to return to the heavyweight division and fight Samuel Peter, the owner of one of the four major heavyweight titles in boxing.