Taking place at the Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool, the bout is for the MBC International Cruiserweight Championship.
After a passionate social media campaign, supported by former training partner and UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, Moran came out trumps from a shortlist of opponents including former WBU World Light Heavyweight Champion Tony Oakey, former IBO International Champion Tony Dodson, WBA World title challenger Carl Dilks and Moran himself, a former WBF World title challenger.
Prior to the bout’s confirmation, Moran commented via Facebook:
MMA fans will know Moran as an alumni of the famed Wolfslair Academy in Liverpool where he trained with and served as sparring partner to the likes of ‘Rampage’ Jackson, Cheick Kongo and Michael Bisping.
With a 9-6 MMA record at Middleweight, Moran last competed on the card of ECC 1 in 2013, but suffered a fractured skull due to a photographer’s steps poking through the cage fence, of which he collided with after a takedown. The accident brought a bitter end to Moran’s MMA journey, but he has since returned to his boxing roots with long awaited victory and now find himself in the fight of his dreams against one of boxing’s all time greats.
A former World champion across several divisions from Middleweight to Heavyweight, 46-year-old Roy Jones Jr continues to travel the world and compete having cemented his iconic legacy with wins over the likes of Bernard Hopkins, James Toney, John Ruiz and Antonio Tarver. Jones boasts a record of 69-8 with 44 knockouts and an infamous reputation for crippling body shots.
Promoter Stephen Vaughan Jr. today announced that the press conference for the Roy Jones Jr. versus Tony Moran Championship bout, that takes place at the Aintree Equestrian Centre, in Liverpool on Saturday 12th September, will take place at the Bierkeller, 6 Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool L1 8LW at 1:30pm on Wednesday 22nd July.
On making the announcement, Mr. Vaughan, said. “It’s a real honour to be having the legendary Roy Jones Jr. come over and fight in England for the first time, even better that we have him fighting right here in Liverpool on one of our shows, against one of our own local lads, Tony Moran, on the 12th September.