It would seem that former UFC fighter Jeff Monson was not the only American combat sports athlete who requested Russian citizenship when given the opportunity. Yesterday, boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. suggested a similar interest during a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Crimea.
During a discussion over tea, Jones Jr. revealed that he would be interested in a Russian citizenship because it would benefit him tremendously for business-related purposes.
"That is why I want to come here. That is why I'm also here. Because I want to ask you about maybe having a passport to go back and forth so that I can do business here. Because all the people here seem to love Roy Jones Jr. And I love when people love me," Jones replied.
Pleased with the boxer's eagerness, Putin revealed that if Jones Jr spends enough time in Russia, authorities "would certainly be happy to fulfil [Jones'] request to receive a Russian passport, Russian citizenship." "I think Russian boxing fans would be very happy."
"I hope you will succeed in business here in Russia," Putin responded.
Transcription taken from RT.com.