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Wednesday, 30 August, 2000, 05:59 GMT 06:59 UK
Jones hints at Holyfield clash
Roy Jones (left)
Roy Jones Jr. (left) in action against Otis Grant
Roy Jones Jr., the undisputed world light heavyweight champion, told a surprised press conference in New York that he is willing to fight Evander Holyfield in a one-off bout for the heavyweight title.

Never one to underestimate his own ability, Jones said: "I don't think Holyfield wants to fight me. I definitely would fight him because he is the (WBA) heavyweight champion.

"I'd fight him one time. I don't want to be a heavyweight except to fight for the title."

The fight is unlikely to happen, but if Jones were to step a division up to fight for the heavyweight title Holyfield is likely to be his preferred opponent because he is nearer to Jones' size than WBC-IBF champion Lennox Lewis.


I don't think Holyfield wants to fight me
  Roy Jones Jr.
As the dominant fighter in his divison - and he has already won and relinquished middleweight and super middleweight titles - Jones is continually asked about fighting as a heavyweight.

Harding clash

But Jones was meant to be discussing his fight on September 9 against Eric Harding.

"I don't like fighting guys like Eric Harding, but I've got to," said Jones of his opponent, who is ranked as the number one challenger by the IBF.

"When I fight a guy who's not as good as me, I get nervous because I know this guy can catch me if I'm not really focused.

"He's beaten guys he's not supposed to have beaten."

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