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Roy Jones Jr.’s future plans don’t include Anderson Silva

200px-jones_roy_jr_2007.JPG 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.

10 COMMENTS
  • Jay K. says:

    He’ll always be a Gold Medal Olympic Champion to me regardless of the robbery at the Olympics.

    Jay K.

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  • Caplan, did you take a picture of me and photoshop Jones’ face and hands on it? I don’t appreciate that.

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  • MMAStation says:

    He was the only boxer I ever followed or even cared to watch frequently. Good to see him getting back out there.

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  • woooburn says:

    5oz crew: does anyone know keith jardine’s current status? i know it’s not exactly credible, but his wikipedia page has some interesting stuff posted…

    “Jardine lost by knockout due to punches at 36 seconds in round one, which postponed his journey to a title match. Jardine was rigid and unconscious for up to three minutes after the knockout, prompting concern from the ringside medical staff, fans and even his opponent. He was hospitalised for several days following this bout, after receiving severe damage to his jaw previously from Alexander Houston, and now Wanderlei Silva, Jardine’s jaw is now held in place with wire, his continuation in the UFC is unlikely.”

    any info to discredit that?

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  • Fightlinker says:

    If a statement in Wikipedia isn’t sourced, you shouldn’t believe it.

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  • Jay says:

    Roy is the best I’ve ever seen……I hope he beats Calzaghe. Anyone that was once a Jr. middleweight and ends up winning a heavweight belt is a beast!

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  • [...] for Jones, those rumors seem to have been put to sleep. Fiveouncesofpain.com reports that Jones will remain in the ring and a date with Silva will not lie in his [...]

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  • woooburn says:

    #5 – i know… i’m just curious about him, as i haven’t heard anything since that fight, and the less than credible wiki entry was all i’ve seen.

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  • THORAZINE says:

    If it’s a wiki entry, it’s definitely worth speculating on… I’m sure any doctor after a serious injury would always say, don’t fight again, but the athlete usually recovers enough to make their own decision.

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  • Rilly says:

    You’re an MMA junkie Thorazine :-). If you know/hear anything about Jardine’s medical status please email me: toby@efs.net.au
    The UFC are soooo quiet about this one it’s really starting to concern me, as a fan of “The Dean”……

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