SBD/Issue 217/Events & Attractions

Portland's Rose Garden Will Host Roy Jones Jr.-Clinton Woods

Roy Jones Jr. will defend his world light-heavyweight title against Clinton Woods at the Rose Garden on September 7, and in Portland, John Nolen noted that the selection of the Rose Garden was in part due to Jones' involvement with Nike's Brand Jordan. Brad Jacobs, Jones' senior adviser, said, "Our intention was to be in London for this fight. But it just didn't work out. There was always an issue. Either the arena wasn't available that we needed, or British television wasn't available. The timing wasn't right. It just wasn't clicking." But Jacobs added, "This situation came up with [Brand Jordan President] Larry Miller and the folks at Nike, and it just blew away everything else we were talking about." Miller said Jones has always "done everything we ask him to do as one of our Brand Jordan athletes. He's a great guy and we wanted to support him. We also wanted to bring something of this magnitude to Portland, to help get people of Portland excited about boxing." Miller added that it "came down to Nike providing an undisclosed amount of money to make the fight happen." Miller, who refused to disclose financial arrangements, said, "We're not in this to make money, but to support Roy and bring this event to Portland. We're not getting into the boxing promotions business. It's a one-time deal" (Portland OREGONIAN, 7/31).

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