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Sunday 23 November 2014

Boxing: Collins must avoid Quinn involvement

If Steve Collins gets his wish to fight Roy Jones Jr, he'd want to make sure that Roy doesn't sign up with controversial 64-year-old mind power guru Tony Quinn, who claims that he guided Steve to his world title by designing his nutrition, fitness and weight training programmes, as well as changing Steve's boxing style.

As the man who says he negotiated Steve's boxing contracts with Frank Warren, Quinn would have the inside track on Steve's routine and would be a valuable asset to the Dublin boxer's opponent.

Collins (36-3, 21 KOs) hasn't fought since July '97, when he retired as undefeated WBO super-middleweight champion. Now at cruiserweight, Roy Jones Jr (56-8, 40 KOs) has kept busy. He had two bouts in 2011 and a 10-round fight in Poland last year.

Jones is 44 and Collins is 48.

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We're just three weeks away from this year's National Elite Championships. The tournament begins at the National Stadium on Friday February 8. This year, the finals will be staged on Friday, February 22, at the Citywest Hotel complex, venue for the European Youth Championships in 201.

Meanwhile, the semi-finals of the National 2013 Novice Championships are being held at the Stadium today.

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When illness forced Lee Selby to pull out of his British featherweight title bout with Martin Lindsay in the Odyssey in September, Lindsay fought a French lightweight opponent and won.

Lindsay (30) said: "The fight with Selby there (on February 9) is a must win fight. I'm going to the Odyssey to regain the title."

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