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Roy Jones Jr. aims to become Russian citizen, says promoter

Phil Jay 23/12/2013

Promoter Vlad Hrunov, who recently staged a Moscow fight between boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. and Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf, has said that the American is now seeking Russian citizenship going forward.

Jones, who turns 45 next month, overcame the Frenchman without too much fuss on Saturday night and is now in the frame for some higher profile clashes in 2013, one of which could be a crossover fight with MMA star Anderson Silva.

The one-time pound for pound best in the world has fought three out of his last four bouts in Europe – winning two of them, and according to Hrunov, may base himself in Russia for the foreseeable future.

“I’m dealing with the citizenship issue for Roy Jones,” Hrunov told Ria Nostovoi’s R-Sport.

“We’ve decided to buy real estate in a town where my parents live, in the Krasnodar region. I think a very famous resident will appear in Beloretchensk in the very near future.”

Hrunov also stated that the touted fight with Silva would almost certainly fall apart if the hardened Brazilian was to lose to Chris Weidman this weekend when the pair meet for the UFC middleweight belt.

“My trip may be moved because there is the opinion that Silva doesn’t have a good chance in this fight. If he wins, then we’ll discuss the organization of his fight against Roy Jones in Russia, or in Kazakhstan where we also have a sweet offer,” said Hrunov.

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