Boxing: Steve Collins eyes bout with Roy Jones Jr or Joe Calzaghe
By Dev Trehan. Last Updated: 19/02/14 3:04pm
Steve Collins: Would relish a fight against Roy Jones Jr or Joe Calzaghe
Steve Collins says a bout against Joe Calzaghe is the only match-up he would consider if his first-choice preference of a fight against Roy Jones Jr continues to elude him.
The Celtic Warrior retired in 1997 and previously claimed the only bout that would tempt him to make a competitive ring return was a fight against multiple-weight world champion Jones Jr.
When the two men appeared on 'The Gloves Are Off: The Super-Middleweights' on Sky Sports last year, they both expressed a willingness to make the fight happen.
But Jones Jr plumped for a WBU cruiserweight title fight in December as oppose to fighting Collins who now concedes a bout against the 45-year-old Floridian is becoming an increasingly unlikely prospect.
"I'm absolutely positive he won't call me because he's clever and he doesn't want to finish his career by getting knocked out," Collins told skysports.com.
"I'm still in training for it. We've been in talks for 20 years and he keeps pulling out at the last minute.
"We were supposed to fight (recently) and he pulled out and said that I should fight somebody else but I told him I'm not interested in fighting anybody else even though the title was vacant.
"I just want to fight Roy Jones even if it is a 10-rounder. It doesn't matter - it's just something I'd wanted to do for a long time.
"Everybody wants to see this fight whether it's for the right reasons or the wrong reasons.
"It's drawing attention because there are people saying it should happen and there are people saying it shouldn't happen.
"There are a lot of the younger generation who have never seen us fight that would love to see us fight - we've got three generations backing us - all I need is a promoter with a big bank account to entice him over here.
"I'm not really interested in fighting anybody else except for Calzaghe. I'll beat the man who beat the man - why not?
"But Jones is the one I want still. It should happen. I'm 50 next birthday - I'll give it till I'm 60 and then I'll retire."
Collins was speaking after watching his son Steve Collins Jr continue the undefeated start to his career with a draw against unfancied Tommy Gifford at the Copper Box last weekend.
Collins Jr, who also plays rugby union for Rosslyn Park, aggravated a shoulder injury in the first round of the contest but continued to box on and claim a draw in his fourth professional bout.
"In the first round my (right) shoulder went so I decided to try and take him out early with some hard left shots and ended up wearing myself out," the 23-year-old said.
"But what can you do? Journeyman or not it's hard to fight one-handed, but I'm a bit disappointed because I should be taking guys like that out regardless."