Former four-division champion and top pound-for-pound fighter Roy Jones Jr. is taking his second fight in two months.
Jones (58-8, 41 KOs) confirmed with ESPN.com that he will head to Basket-Hall in Krasnodar Russia, Sept. 26, to face Egypt’s Hany Atiyo in a 12-round cruiserweight bout.
Jones’ is coming off a fifth-knockout win ver British journeyman Courtney Fry, his first KO win in five years. The former champion hit a slump from 2009-2011 where he lost to Danny Green, Bernard Hopkins and Denis Lebedev. He’s won his last four fights though critics would say they were against low-level opponents.
Jones said that fighting back-to-back helps keep him in shape.
“My body feels a lot better now than that it has in a long time. Being active is important and by being active, I make sure I am in the best shape.”
Jones must be a pretty good draw in Russia, as this will be his third time in six fights where he will be fighting in the country.
Atiyo (14-2, 10 KOs), 30 who is known as “The Egyptian Hurricane,” is a career light heavyweight who is a powerful puncher, yet hasn’t fought that hight caliber of opponents. He is coming off 15-month layoff. His last fight was a fourth-round knockout loss to Joey Vegas in Uganda in 2013.
Like all great fighters looking to make a comeback, Jones is looking for another world title to add to his trophy case. His new target is current cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, who is scheduled to defend his belt against European champion Grigory Drozd (38-1, 27 KOs) in Moscow. Jones plans to attend Wlodarczyk’s fight.
“I want a shot at Wlodarczyk and then I’m done. After I knock him out, I’m done. If I lost that would definitely be it, but I ain’t gonna lose. Even if I won the title, I might walk away, but you know if I win the title I’ll get some good offers, so I would consider them. I know Wlodarczyk is fighting in Moscow and I will be there. It’s about a 2½-hour flight and I am going there after my fight. I’ve had my eye on Wlodarczyk for some time. He has said he wanted to fight me. Let’s do it.”
Critics have been calling for Jones’ retirement for quite some time. And with his most recent fights being against low-class opponents, it’s easy to say that he wouldn’t be ready for a worthy challenge.
Jones fighting for another world title would be a great comeback story, and a great payday for Wlodarczyk. However if Jones beats The Egyptian Hurricane and gets a title shot, he’ll have to wait. If Wlodarczyk gets past Drozd, his next challenger is B.J. Flores.
Still, Jones could continue to keep busy until he gets his title shot.
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