A cross-promotional boxing bout between Bellator
light heavyweight Quinton
Jackson and former multi-time world boxing titlist Roy Jones
Jr. is expected to take place on pay-per-view in late 2013.
A source with knowledge of the matchup verified the planned booking
with Sherdog.com on Thursday. An exact date for the confrontation
and the corresponding weight class could not be immediately
confirmed, but the fight is expected to be announced next week
during Spike TV’s broadcast of Bellator
97. MMAJunkie.com first reported the bout.
Jackson, 35, signed with Bellator last month with plans to also
join the TNA Wrestling roster in a deal akin to Muhammad Lawal’s.
“Rampage” exited the UFC earlier this year amid complaints about
his treatment from the Zuffa-owned organization, which he joined in
2007. Jackson won the UFC light heavyweight title that same year by
knocking out Chuck
Liddell but relinquished the belt in 2008 to Forrest
Griffin. More recently, Jackson departed the UFC on the heels
of three straight losses, dropping a January decision to Glover
Teixeira in his final fight with the promotion.
Jones, 44, is regarded by many as one of the finest fighters in the
history of boxing and was long linked to a potential matchup with
former UFC middleweight king Anderson
Silva. The 44-year-old began his boxing career in 1989 and went
on to win world titles at 160, 168 and 175 pounds before winning
the WBA heavyweight championship from John Ruiz in 2003. The
Florida native won 49 of his first 50 fights but has gone just 7-7
in his last 14 fights. Jones did win his last two contests,
however, winning the UBO cruiserweight belt in 2011 before besting
Polish talent Pawel Glazewski last year.