In another bizarre turn to his Hall of Fame career, boxing great Roy Jones Jr has officially become a Russian citizen.

The four-division champion from Florida, widely regarded as one of the greatest fighters in history, was presented his new passport in a ceremony on Tuesday at the Federal Migration Service’s offices in Moscow.

“I am Russian,” Jones, 46, said after Tuesday’s ceremony. “Thank you, Vladimir Putin. I’m really glad to have become a Russian citizen.

“Russia’s such a welcoming country, and many people in the world want to become her citizens. This is one of the happiest days of my life.”

Jones, 46, will be promoting and training fighters in Russia.


By Glenn Erby

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