Roy Jones Jr. v James Toney II: Contact made for belated rematch on December 21
World Boxing News can exclusively reveal that discussions are underway to stage a rematch between former world champions Roy Jones Jr. and James Toney almost twenty years on from their initial contest.
In 1994, Jones out-pointed Toney to retain his IBF super-middleweight title before going on to become one of the greatest pound for pound fighter’s of his generation without the two ever meeting again.
The pair of legends are now on the fringes of putting together a deal that will see them square-off again on December 21 in Russia after Toney’s agent Steve Tannenbaum confirmed that talks have tentatively begun.
Toney was planning to face Manuel Charr in Germany on December 20 until a row over the fee ended their agreement and Jones had himself been lined up to fight on the Moscow date against Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf.
That fight for Jones has now seemingly fallen through, with promoter Vlad Hrunov turning to ‘Lights Out’ to generate the interest from fans with the show just under two weeks’ away.
“I had already suggested the idea of a rematch between Jones and Toney assuming Jones beat Bobby Gunn for the WBU Cruiserweight title on December 21, explained Tannenbaum.
“That fight fell through, but we still hoped that Toney could fight Jones again in the very near future. Then I got a call today (Sunday) from Vlad Hrunov who wants Toney to fill in on December 21 as it appears Jones’ opponent dropped out.
“It is not clear yet as to the weight of the proposed bout, but it is something we hope to agree as James has always wanted to get revenge for his earlier loss to Jones.
“Let’s see what develops over the next 24 hours as this is very short notice but we are open to it,” he added.
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