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American boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. becomes Russian citizen – SportsUntapped.com
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Added September 14th, 2015 by Ian

American boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. becomes Russian citizen
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Roy Jones Jr. of Pensacola, Florida will go down in history as one of America’s greatest boxers and is a certainty to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF). In fact, the 46-year-old is still fighting and currently possesses a record of 62-8 with 45 Kos. Jones won a silver medal for his homeland at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, when he lost a highly controversial decision in the gold-medal match. However, he now has dual citizenship after Russian president Vladimir Putin agreed to grant him a Russian passport.

Jones announced the news via his Twitter account on September 12. The American/Russian boxer is a former world champion in the middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight, cruiserweight, and heavyweight divisions and he asked Putin for Russian citizenship during a visit to the country just over a month ago. The two met up in Crimea when Jones visited the country for an appearance on a boxing show. Jones, who has fought in Russia several times recently, wanted to become a citizen as it would enable him to do business in the country. Putin said it would be possible, but Jones would have to spend a certain amount of time in Russia each year.

The boxer said he’s looking forward to spending time in Russia and plans on being able to speak the language fluently in about a year’s time. Jones went on to say that he intends on owning and operating boxing schools in the country and also wants to develop his career in rap music. Basically, it looks like Jones plans on becoming a billionaire with his new business ventures overseas. He also added that his business operations would be good for the Russian economy and he’s hoping Russia and America can be brought closer together through sport.

Jones told the media, “After my arrival in Russia, I saw that there is a large community of boxers. I also felt appreciated in Russia. Maybe even a lot more than I was valued and appreciated in my own country.” Oddly enough Jones isn’t the first high-profile foreigner to seek Russian citizenship. French actor Gerard Depardieu became a citizen in 2013 and American Fred Durst of the rock group Limp Bizkit recently told the press he’s seriously thinking about moving to the nation and taking out Russian citizenship.

 
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