Roy Jones Jr, one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters of the modern generation, is the latest big name from boxing to come to Derby, writes Mark Eklid.
Even in these days when multi-weight world champions are more commonplace, Jones is special – the first former middleweight in over 100 years to go on to take a heavyweight title.
Born in Florida, the 41-year-old was also a champion at super-middleweight and held a record seven belts at the same time as undisputed light-heavyweight champion from 2001-02.
Jones is to be the star attraction of a sportsman’s evening at the Heritage Hotel in Derby on October 21.
Full ticket details are available from Clifton Mitchell on 07970 328715.
Professional and amateur boxing will share the stage at a Derby show on October 2.
The venue will be the Heritage Hotel on Macklin Street, with a full day of action from the paid and unpaid ranks, starting with a One Nation amateur show from 1.30pm and, after a quick turn-around in the venue, a professional dinner show from 8pm.
Duffield’s Matt Hainy will be at the top of the bill in the evening, as he drops down to middleweight to challenge for the Midlands Area title.
Hainy has spent most of his short professional career at super-middle but manager Clifton Mitchell believes making the 11st 6lbs limit will pose no problems for the 28-year-old.
Hainy’s last outing at super-middle was not a happy one, as he was overpowered by Olympic bronze medallist Tony Jeffries in June. That defeat took his record to 6-2.
The Midlands Area title fight will be against Birmingham-based Tony Randell, who is the same age as Hainy but far more of a veteran in terms of experience. He has had 35 pro fights, winning only 11, with two draws.
However, Randell has been in with a decent standard of opposition and has twice before gone for the Midlands title, losing on points to Max Maxwell in February 2009 and Kevin Concepcion in November later that year.