Veteran boxer Roy Jones Jr. is eyeing a return to the ring on July 4. The former champion across four divisions stated that he is looking to fight on the American holiday, possibly against Marco Huck, champion in the cruiserweight division.
"I might be fighting in Phoenix, Arizona, on July 4,” Jones said in a FightHype.com interview. “I [am going to] bring my fireworks and I’ll probably put [them] back up and get ready for Marco Huck.”
The 46-year-old Jones, who is from Pensacola, Florida, is a former 10-time world champion in the middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions in his professional boxing career, which started in 1989. When asked about why he still wants to fight, Jones answered confidently that he has “got nothing to prove” in the sport owing to his past success and titles on top the ring.
Jones’ probable opponent is Huck, the current holder of the World Boxing Organization world cruiserweight title, a championship he won over Victor Emilio Ramirez on Aug. 29, 2009. Huck, who is from Ugao, Serbia, and resides in Berlin, has defended the world cruiserweight crown 13 times since.
In his prime, Jones was one of the most popular and renowned fighters in the sport. On March 3, 2003, he won the World Boxing Association world heavyweight title over John Ruiz to become the first former middleweight champion to win the crown in the heavyweight division in 106 years. He also had memorable wins over former champions like James Toney, Bernard Hopkins, Felix Trinidad and Antonio Tarver.
Jones (61-8-0, 44 knockouts), who also worked as a boxing analyst in recent years, is currently on a seven-fight win streak with the last one coming against Paul Vasquez via a first round technical knockout victory last March.
Huck (38-2-1, 26 knockouts) has lost just one fight in the cruiserweight division. His other loss came in heavyweight bout against Alexander Povetkin in 2012 and has not lost a bout since that defeat. Huck’s last fight came against Mirko Larghetti on Aug. 8, 2014 when he won via a 12-round unanimous decision.