Oakey eyes return for Jones Jr. clash, Dodson, Moran, Dilks also in the frame

Phil Jay 08/07/2015

World Boxing News have been reliably informed that former British crowd favourite Tony ‘Oakey Kokey’ Oakey wants to come out of retirement to face all-round boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. on September 12.

Former pound for pound king Jones is pencilled in travel to Liverpool’s famous Aintree Racecourse for an autumn appearance on UK soil and Portsmouth-born Oakey has thrown his hat into the ring after five years out of the sport.

The 39 year-old last fought at light-heavyweight when losing on points to unheralded journeyman Michael Banbula over ten rounds in his hometown, but is now hoping for the chance to go head-to-head with Jones at cruiserweight.

Jones, 46, has won seven world titles in four weight divisions, which includes a history-making WBA heavyweight title victory over John Ruiz in 2003, and is currently enjoying a four-year unbeaten stretch of seven straight wins.

The American has lined up three bouts in the near future in an attempt to ready himself for a final world title challenge against formidable 200lb WBO king Marco Huck and will fight for the 70th time professional on August 15 at Foxwoods.

It’s then on to an encounter with Danny Santiago on August 29, before Jones flies to Merseyside to meet whomever is picked from a foursome of fighters who are desperate to swap punches with one of the greatest technicians of all time.

Oakey is join by fellow former British champion Tony Dodson, along with another pair of Scousers in Tony Moran and Carl Dilks on the shortlist for the main event against Jones.

An announcement on who has been chosen is expected to be made this week.

Tickets for the Stephen Vaughan Promoted Roy Jones Jr. headed event at the Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool on Saturday September 12th 2015 will go on sale shortly, call 0333 200 0905 and the tickets will also be available on line at www.tkoboxoffice.com and www.vaughanboxing.tv from next Monday.