Fedor Emelianenko is the latest mixed martial arts (MMA) legend interested in entering the boxing ring.
Emelianenko recently expressed interest in boxing former multi-division champion Roy Jones Jr. “The Last Emperor” is looking for battle-tested competition, refusing to humor the idea of boxing Internet personalities like Jake Paul or Logan Paul.
“I would be interested,” Emelianenko told BoxingScene when asked about a potential fight against Jones. “I have already worked with Denis Lebedev (who beat Jones in 2011), with other guys [in boxing]. I have been boxing myself since 2000. So, yes, it would be interesting to have such a fight, but not with bloggers and singers, not with people from outside the world of sports. Roy Jones is a legend of world boxing, so of course, it would be interesting to do it with him.
“He has such a track record,” Fedor continued. “He will always be Roy Jones, although he will no longer have that crazy [hand] speed.”
Emelianenko, 44, (39-6-0-1, MMA) last competed at Bellator 237 on Dec. 29, 2019, at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, earning a first-round technical knockout over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. He is 3-2 during his Bellator stint with all five-fights ending via first-round (technical) knockout.
Jones, 52, (66-9) most recently boxed “Iron” Mike Tyson to a split draw in an eight-round exhibition match on Nov. 28, 2020 (watch highlights). He has not competed professionally since beating Scott Sigmon via unanimous decision in 2018 and retired on a four-fight win streak.
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