Interview and photo by Przemek Garczarczyk
Just hours before end of 2013, Fightnews.com caught up with Roy Jones, Jr. to discuss his upcoming plans in light of Anderson Silva breaking his leg in UFC 168 and the numerous Internet reports regarding other potential RJJ opponents. “The end of the year is a great time to clarify some things,” said the legendary fighter.
What are your plans for your next fight?
Obviously I’m disappointed that my fight with Spider will not come off for a while. I visited him in the hospital on Sunday and wished him a speedy recovery. McGee [Wright, RJJ’s manager] and I have had several meetings with Dana [White] and he was open to that fight. At the end of the day, it’s going to be Dana’s call, but both Spider and I wanted the fight. With the leg injury, a boxing match may now be actually easier to make, although it won’t happen until Anderson is completely recovered and can properly train.
What about a fight against Nick Diaz?
Diaz has said that he wanted to box me. That too is a fight I am interested in. I plan on speaking with Dana about it after the holidays. I could fight Diaz first and then fight Anderson – once he has fully recovered.
How do you feel about your performance when you fought recently in Moscow?
I had a great time. The fans loved it, and I loved it. I hadn’t fought in over a year and needed a tune up to prepare for a fight with Silva. I still have my speed and was able to do what I do and give the fans what they wanted. Zine Eddine was a tough opponent with a lot of heart and my hat goes off to him for lasting twelve tough rounds with me.
There has been a lot of talk recently in the press about your future fights and your promotional status. Could you clarify this?
I am my own promoter, I’m my own man. I own and am the President of Square Ring. The only persons that are authorized to speak about my future fights are me, my manager, McGee Wright and John Wirt, the CEO of Square Ring. So if someone is interested in talking about a fight for me, they should contact me, McGee or John. The Internet chatter about me fighting James Toney or Rampage Jackson is simply that, chatter.
What about the talk of you becoming a Russian citizen?
[laughing]. Look, every time I go to Russia, I have to get a visa. A reporter asked me if I would want a Russian passport and I of course said yes. I love Russia and the Russian fans love me and I plan to fight there in the future again. So if having a Russian passport makes it easier for me to come to Russia, why wouldn’t I want a Russian passport? But as far as me moving to Russia, I am a commentator with HBO and that would be kind of difficult right now, but who knows what could happen in the future?
Thank You and Happy New Year to you and of course, all my very loyal fans. God Bless.