Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Collins returns to the ring at 48

Steve Collins, pictured, has announced he will take on Roy Jones Jr at the age of 48
Steve Collins, pictured, has announced he will take on Roy Jones Jr at the age of 48

Ireland's former WBO middleweight and super middleweight champion Steve Collins has announced plans to make a return to the ring at the age of 48.

Collins, who last fought in 1997 and includes Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank among the fighters he has beaten, claims he will take on Roy Jones Jr, the American he was frustrated never to fight during his heyday.

Collins told talkSPORT: "It's not a comeback as such, at my age I'm too old for that, but it will be the end of a 15-year grudge.

"It's a fight Roy Jones needs. He claims to be one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters around but he refused to fight me.

"I was very happy with my career, but the one fight I wanted was Roy Jones, and when that didn't happen I retired. To me he was afraid of me. I don't think he's a coward, but at the time he was!

"But now it's happening. I spoke to Roy and we're going to get it on. He wants one more fight before he retires and this is the one he wants.

"If we get a good offer we'll split it down the middle and get it on."

Collins, who says he will only fight if doctors pass him fit to do so, added: "I wouldn't even consider fighting a guy 15 or 20 years younger than me, because that's not a match. But we're the same age and this is a fair match. It won't be any different to how it would have been 15 years ago.

"I'd love the fight to be in the UK but there is interest from Dubai, Russia, China. Dubai looks the favourite, but we'll have to see where the offers come from."

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