Roy Jones Jr. v James Toney II: Catchweight clash inches closer
Almost twenty years on from their first meeting and Roy Jones Jr. could well be sharing the ring with James Toney again later this month as both sides attempt to thrash out a deal in time for December 21.
The latest development is in terms of setting a weight for the contest as Toney was recently campaigning at heavyweight, and due to the timescale, would not be able to shift the weight safely enough to drop too far south of the 216lbs he currently scales.
Toney’s agent Steve Tannenbaum is now working on meeting Jones somewhere in the middle of where both lie in terms of poundage at the moment and this so far has been met with a positive response.
“I am in constant contact with promoter of the show, Vlad Hurnov who is working diligently with Roy Jones’s people to close this fight for December 21st in Moscow,” Tannenbaum exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Based on my conversations with Vlad, it seems promising as both fighters would like to make this bout happen. We have given Vlad Hurnov the figure we need agreed on our side and it looks like it might be workable.
“The only stipulation is that the fight would have to be at a catchweight. Toney and Jones are walking around within 10 lbs of each other, so something should be able to be done on this.
“And remember, Jones was 193 lbs when he defeated 226 lbs John Ruiz for the WBA heavyweight title previously so I don’t think the weight differential, if there is any, will come into play and be too much of a factor.
“On our side we are hoping to conclude this deal in the next couple of days,” he added.
The last time the two fighter’s squared-off in 1994 the then IBF super-middleweight champion Jones took a unanimous decision in Las Vegas and despite their best efforts to make a rematch, it never came off – maybe until now…
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