Granted a boxing license on Wednesday after a nearly 16 year hiatus from the squared circle, past WBO middleweight and super middleweight titlist “The Celtic Warrior” Steve Collins is determined to fight shopworn legend Roy Jones Jr.
The grayed Collins (36-3, 21 KOs), born in Dublin, Ireland, last threw fists professionally in July 1997 earning a third round TKO victory over Craig Cummings.
“I was very happy with my boxing career but there was one thing I wished for and chased for a very long time,” Collins, 48, told World Boxing News.
“When Roy Jones was at his best and I was at my best, we were the two best super middleweights in the world. My argument was that I was the champion. I was known in America. I had beaten other world champions in Europe and I wanted to fight Roy Jones so bad. I even went to Pensacola and spoke with his managers and to his house! He ran through and he wouldn’t have it. To me he was a coward for not taking me on. People say Roy Jones was a great fighter but I knew all along that Roy Jones didn’t have a great chin. I swore to people that if I had gotten the fight with him, I guaranteed I would catch him on the chin and he would go out.”
Meanwhile, Jones (56-8, 40 KOs), who became the first middleweight champion to capture a heavyweight belt in more than 100 years by outscoring Metheun’s John Ruiz in March 2003, has suffered brutal knockouts lately and amassed a substandard 7-7 record over his past 14 paydays.
The 44-year-old Jones, the 1990s “Fighter of the Decade” who has collected world crowns in four weight classes, most recently exited the ring last June with a split decision triumph against Paweł Głażewski in Poland.
Ed LaVache is the owner of the Boston Boxing Club in Allston.
LaVache believes Jones still battles strictly for monetary reasons and has concerns the exhausted great is jeopardizing his health.
“For a lot of these guys, boxing is all they know and it’s the only way for them to make money,” said LaVache. “So, they keep fighting until the fight is lost in them.”
Absolutely spent as professional athletes, Jones and Collins are near tussling because “it’s the only way for them to make money.”
Therefore, although it should have occurred during the Clinton Administration, Roy Jones Jr. and Steve Collins will undoubtedly scrap as quasi geriatrics at some point before 2014.by