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Roy Jones Jr admits there’s ‘truth’ to Tommy Fury fight claims; hints Jake Paul clash ‘is possible’

Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr has revealed that he is in discussions with Tommy Fury’s team over an exhibition bout which could take place 'early next year'.

The 54-year-old – who held world titles in four weight classes during his illustrious career – returned to the ring in 2020 as he faced fellow boxing great Mike Tyson in an exhibition bout.

Jones Jr has since fought renowned MMA fighter Anthony Pettis in a professional bout over eight rounds. The former UFC lightweight champion won via majority decision on the night.

Fury meanwhile is coming off two narrow victories over YouTube’s Jake Paul and KSI. He is now expected to continue in the exhibition/crossover boxing realm, which would be a wise decision as his limited ability would prevent him from achieving anything of note in the traditional side of the sport.

Fury vs Jones Jr is a bout that would be easy to sell and the veteran has confirmed that they 'spoke in Saudi Arabia' about a clash in 2024.

“There is truth to that, we spoke in Saudi Arabia because of the fact that John Fury was with Tyson. Me and Fury family, we have a lot of history. I was one of the people who told Tyson five or six years back that he could come back and beat all of them and that’s what he has done,” Jones Jr told Betway.

"To be in the ring with somebody from the social media era and have a big fight with Tommy Fury, I may not be who I was but to be in with against someone from the YouTube era, it’s a different type of thing and can captivate the audience. I think it’s a good thing.

"The fight would have to happen early next year. He’s definitely a legitimate fighter, he’s not a bad fighter at all and he comes from a family of fighters.

"Sometimes he doesn’t take fighters as seriously as he should. It’s like Tyson, he didn’t take Francis Ngannou as seriously as he should but when he is fighting someone like Oleksandr Usyk it’ll be different.

"Sometimes people play to the level of their opposition and if you fight people who aren’t going to do anything and you are expected to win, you’re probably not going to do much but when you fight somebody that you know can do a whole lot then you have to be on you’re a game.

"I’ll be 55 years old if we fight. It would be a very interesting fight for both of us because of my age. My mind can still do it, but body isn’t able to, so I’ll have to figure it out and be smarter.

"I think the fight could (do bigger numbers than against Mike Tyson) because he has the social media following. I think a Jake Paul fight is also possible."

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