Boxer Steve Collins returns to the ring aged 48 for Roy Jones Jr fight

Former world champion Collins to come out of retirement to settle grudge with legend Jones

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

00:34 GMT, 16 January 2013

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UPDATED:

02:40 GMT, 16 January 2013

Ireland's former WBO middleweight and super middleweight champion Steve Collins has announced plans to make a return to the ring at the age of 48.

Collins, who last fought in 1997 and includes Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank among the fighters he has beaten, claims he will take on Roy Jones Jr, 43, the American he was frustrated never to fight during his heyday.

Collins told talkSPORT: 'It's not a comeback as such, at my age I'm too old for that, but it will be the end of a 15-year grudge.

Don't call it a comeback: Steve Collins will return for one fight only

Don't call it a comeback: Steve Collins will return for one fight only

'It's a fight Roy Jones needs. He claims to be one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters around but he refused to fight me.

'I was very happy with my career, but the one fight I wanted was Roy Jones, and when that didn't happen I retired.

'To me he was afraid of me. I don't think he's a coward, but at the time he was!

On the deck: Collins standing over Chris Eubank after beating him in 1995

On the deck: Collins standing over Chris Eubank after beating him in 1995

'But now it's happening. I spoke to Roy and we're going to get it on. He wants one more fight before he retires and this is the one he wants.

'If we get a good offer we'll split it down the middle and get it on.'

Collins, who says he will only fight if doctors pass him fit to do so, added: 'I wouldn't even consider fighting a guy 15 or 20 years younger than me, because that's not a match.

Grudge: Collins never had the chance to fight Roy Jones Jnr before he retired

Grudge: Collins never had the chance to fight Roy Jones Jnr before he retired

'But we're the same age and this is a fair match. It won't be any different to how it would have been 15 years ago.

'I'd love the fight to be in the UK but there is interest from Dubai, Russia, China.

'Dubai looks the favourite, but we'll have to see where the offers come from.'