Irish fight legend Steve Collins and Roy Jones Jr will finally be in opposite corners come September 26.
‘The Celtic Warrior’ and the former Pound for Pound number one won’t be trading leather rather will be on opposite teams as Frank Buglioni and Fedor Chudinov in their WBA super middleweight title fight.
Although Collins defeated British greats Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn, twice each, he desperately chased a fight against Jones, who was then recognised as the pound-for-pound best boxer in the world, but was always rebuffed.
Collins was keen to fight the still active star of the 90s last year, but again the bout couldn’t be made.
However, come September 26 in London he will be able to go eye ball to eye ball with the American pre Buglioni v Chudinov.
Jones, the former pound-for-pound best fighter in the world and the 1990s Fighter of the Decade, is currently in Russia training Chudinov for his first defence of the belt that he won against Felix Sturm with a stunning upset.
The 46-year-old from Pensacola, Florida, has won world titles at middleweight, super-middle, light-heavy and heavyweight and is still active in his pursuit of a world title in the cruiserweight division. He became the first former middleweight world champion to win a world title at heavyweight in 106 years when he defeated John Ruiz in 2003.
He believes that his expertise and knowledge will provide undefeated Chudinov with the extra ammunition he needs to defeat Buglioni in his backyard and keep his unbeaten record intact.
“Fedor is doing great right now and we’re preparing to come over to England and win the world title,” Said Jones.
“Buglioni’s a very good and very smart fighter and Fedor has to learn that although Buglioni is taller than him he has to make Buglioni reach down with his punches to bring him closer to him to unload his own punches. If Fedor stays high then it will be easier for Buglioni to reach him,”
“Fedor’s strength is that he’s a very aggressive guy and what I want to do is to teach him left and right head movement to slip punches more because right now he’s a little straight up. He’s got great footwork, I love his footwork, mix it in with the left and right head movement, with the footwork so he can roll under Buglioni’s punches and he use his feet to get away. If he can improve his head movement he’ll be in great shape,”
“Buglioni’s taller than Fedor, what he has to do is make him punch down, if he does that then Fedor can punch over the top. If Fedor can shorten his range, the shorter down he is the harder it gets for Buglioni. We have to take the range away from Buglioni and that takes away his fight,”
“I believe that Fedor will win without a problem, I think he can catch him late with some good body work,”
In a strange twist, Jones will finally come face-to-face with Buglioni’s trainer and old rival Steve Collins, the former WBO Middleweight and Super-Middleweight World Champion, as the pair never managed to clash at their peaks in the 90s.
He added, “It will be interesting seeing Steve, he’s a great guy, but this fight is all about Fedor and Buglioni. I can’t wait to come to England for this fight and meet the many loyal fans I have there.”
Buglioni v Chudinov headlines ’Man vs. Machine’ with London hotshot Frank Buglioni challenging WBA World Super-Middleweight Champion Fedor Chudinov for his crown.
An action packed card also features top undefeated WBO European Super-Middleweight Champion Jamie Cox making the first defence of his title; Cromer battler Ryan Walsh faces Hull’s Samir Mouneimne with the Vacant British Featherweight Title on the line; all-action Erith talent Lewis Pettitt challenges for the Vacant Commonwealth Super-Bantamweight Championship against Bobby Jenkinson; Penge hero Bradley Skeete defends his WBO European Welterweight crown against Heywood’s Mark Thompson; Ahmet Patterson and Danny Butler clash in an Eliminator for the British Light-Middleweight Championship; plus on the undercard Dublin lightweight Jamie Kavanagh; Canning Town lightweight Romeo Romaeo; Dagenham lightweightEdiz Hussein.
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