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Newz Forum: BOXING: Johnson "set for Jones"

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posted on Jun, 24 2004 @ 09:45 AM
IBF light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson is set to fight Roy Jones Jr, according to boxing website SecondsOut.

The report claims Johnson's camp have verbally agreed to a £550,000 deal to defend against Jones, who lost his WBC belt to Antonio Tarver.

Johnson was scheduled to have fought Joe Calzaghe on 12 June before the Welshman withdrew with a back injury.

The American's clash with Jones is slated for 25 September, probably in Los Angeles or Sacramento.

Calzaghe's promoter Frank Warren had wanted to reschedule the fight with Johnson for 24 July, but Johnson told his promoter Dan Goossen to find another opponent.

Story from BBC SPORT:

Published: 2004/06/24 13:54:23 GMT


posted on Jun, 24 2004 @ 10:00 AM

An agreement has been reached for Roy Jones Junior to challenge Glen Johnson for the International Boxing Federation Title on September 25, most probably in Los Angeles or Sacramento. The champion's management team have verbally agreed to a $1million package to defend against the recently defeated pound-for-pound superstar and contracts are expected to be signed this Friday.

The champion's manager Henry Foster pictured with Johnson by Mr Will told SecondsOut on Wednesday: "We pretty much were speaking the same language with Brad Jacobs (who runs Jones's Square Ring organisation) immediately. Everything is verbal right now but we are in agreement for everything and I'm hoping to have the fight signed, sealed, delivered by Friday. It is looking real good and it is a fight we've wanted for Glen for a long time."

Foster said his fighter will be going into the Jones fight to win, not to merely do ok, as so many former RJJ opponents have done. "We are going to win, Jones is not invincible anymore although we respect him more than any other fighter in boxing. He's still the best light heavyweight in the world, one result doesn't change that in my book. But Glen's style of in your face boxing will give Roy problems and of course Roy was knocked out last time.


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