Steve Collins Vows: I Will Knock Roy Jones Jr. Out!
Steve Collins has already started training for his proposed fight with Roy Jones Jnr and plans to silence his old rival with a knockout.
The 48-year-old Irishman retired from boxing in 1997, but he has agreed to return against ring legend Jones and the pair are awaiting offers to stage the bout.
Former trainer Freddie Roach has advised Collins about his preparations and he will be trained in Dublin by his brother Paschal, who works with middleweight Gary O'Sullivan.
"I'm back in training a week now," he told Ringside podcast Toe 2 Toe. "My brother Paschal is going to be my coach. He's got the gym, the knowledge and the expertise.
"We were both over in LA with Freddie, had a good chat about the whole thing."
When asked about his physical condition, Collins added: "I feel like I've never been away. This is a fight that I've always wanted. I've never thought about coming back, I absolutely had no interest in coming back.
"I don't need financially to come back, but this fight is different. It's unfinished business."
Collins defeated Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn during his three-year reign as WBO super-middleweight champion and is confident he will send 44-year-old Jones into retirement with a crushing defeat.
"It's something that should have happened 15 year ago," he said. "Roy's talking about retiring. He talking about being inducted into the Hall of Fame and so on, but people always ask him: 'why did he not fight Steve Collins?'
"I've accused him of running and he said he never ran. He's said he will fight me now and my reply to that is if Roy Jones believes and thinks I've gone soft in my old age, he's made a big mistake.
"I said I'll knock him out now, like I'd have knocked him out 15 years ago.
"We're waiting for the best deal to come in that suits us both and we're going to go with it."
What is going on here? Collins is a nice guy, he's a family man and I know he respects Roy, his fighting days are long past him and he's happy. This whole thing reeks of pantomimeComment by micky1971 on 01-23-2013
eubank had on the floor and there for the taking in the first fight, he was wobbling all over the place! but, the posing took presidence over a ko and it cost him....eubank always had trouble with the irish, the…Comment by Ravens Fan on 01-22-2013
Collins is going to fight Jones. Tua is on the comeback trail Mosley is negotiating a fight and Hopkins is fighting for another belt. As boxing fans did we somehow get stuck in some weird time warp and its really…Comment by PunchyPotorff on 01-22-2013
Collins basically retired on top, although it was 15-16 years ago. But he never was KOd, which is something we can't say for Roy. Like most, I'd have liked to have seen this 15 years ago... but we don't have…Comment by BornToLive on 01-22-2013
[B]Due to the high demand for this, 2 huge television networks are battling to show the fight, it'll be either on Paramount Comedy or the History channel.[/B]Post a Comment/View More User Comments (26)