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Roy Jones Jnr V Tony Moran Fight Cancelled

Roy Jones Jnr Boxer

So much for Roy Jones Jr.’s plan to have two fights in two weeks and three in four weeks.

Jones, 46, scheduled to face 42-year-old Tony Moran in a cruiserweight bout on Sept. 12 at the Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool, England — Moran’s hometown — pulled out of the fight on Saturday.

Jones, who has been in Russia, did not show up for his flight to England on Saturday and the fight was called off, Stephen Vaughan, Moran’s promoter and the promoter of the card, announced.

Roy Jones Jnr, World Champion, Boxer

Roy Jones Jnr, World Champion, Boxer

 

“I’m extremely disappointed and saddened by the whole thing,” Vaughan said. “We had invested a lot of money and time into this event, as we wanted to make it a great occasion for the fans and the game alike. But sadly, it wasn’t to be and legal advice is to be sought surrounding the circumstances in which it has happened.”

Jones, the faded former pound-for-pound king who has won world titles in four divisions, has his eye on a shot at a cruiserweight title and intended to stay very busy until he could secure one. Vaughan said he was told Jones had secured a world title fight, but there has been no confirmation of that.

Jones could not be reached for comment.

Jones is hoping for a shot at longtime cruiserweight titleholder Marco Huck of Germany, but turned his attention to Poland’s Krzysztof Glowacki (25-0, 16 KOs) after he rallied to knock out Huck in the 11th round to win the belt in the leading fight of the year candidate on Aug. 14 in Newark, New Jersey — with Jones at ringside.

Jones (62-8, 45 KOs), who won two fights 22 days apart in March, knocked out club fighter Eric Watkins on Aug. 16 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, in a sloppy performance and was scheduled to return two weeks later to face Danny Santiago on Aug. 29 in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, a Dutch island in the Caribbean.

However, the fight with Santiago (33-7-1, 19 KOs), 42, of Ocala, Florida, was called off several days beforehand because of the potential impact of Hurricane Danny. Now the fight with Moran is off as well.

Vaughan said his card — minus the main event — will go on as planned but has been moved to a new venue, the Olympia in Liverpool. Vaughan said that Moran (15-6, 5 KOs) would remain on the card and face a substitute opponent to be determined in an undercard fight.

Although Jones won’t be fighting in England this month, he is supposed to be there on other business. He is serving as the trainer for secondary super middleweight titlist Fedor Chudinov (13-0, 10 KOs), of Russia, who is scheduled to make his first defense against England’s Frank Buglioni (17-1-1, 13 KOs) on Sept. 26 at SSE Wembley Arena in London.

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