Jon Jones hires veteran Golden Boy boxing promoter Richard Schaefer as adviser amid pay row delaying star's UFC return

JON JONES has hired former Golden Boy boxing promoter Richard Schaefer as his new adviser.

Bones announced in April that he and former representatives at First Round Management had parted ways.



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Now the UFC star has confirmed: “I have retained Richard Schaefer as my advisor.

“Richard has been in the combat space for over 20 years and has put together some of the biggest global pay-per-view events over that period.

“The likes of [Floyd] Mayweather, [Oscar] De La Hoya, Canelo [Alvarez], [Bernard] Hopkins, [Marco Antonio] Barrera and [Juan Manuel] Marquez have headlined the exciting events that Richard has produced.

“His knowledge and experience of the pay-per-view industry and combat sports are second to none.

“I am excited to embark on this next chapter of my career as I continue to cement my place in history as one of the greats with Richard as my advisor.

“I can't wait to give my fans and the sport the fights they want to see.”

Former Swiss banker Schaefer is best-known for his work in the boxing world and is the former CEO and co-founder of Golden Boy Promotions.

He served as an executive for more than 10 years alongside Oscar De La Hoya until 2014 after a row ended up in a court settlement the following year over allegations made by De La Hoya of breach of fiduciary duty.

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Former two-time UFC light heavyweight champion Jones vacated his straps back in August in order to step up a division.

He looked set to face Francis Ngannou after he beat Stipe Miocic to become king of the heavyweights.

But a pay row with Dana White meant he was unable to reach a deal with UFC.

And now he has suggested he could be on the sidelines for at least another year.

‘Bones’ tweeted: “Honestly, I feel like the only people that it benefits me jumping in their early are the other heavyweights.

“The way I’m training, I’m gonna be a real problem this time next year. I’m comfortable enough to wait and that’s exactly what I’ll do.”

When asked by a fan if it would be another year out for him, the American acknowledged that would probably be the case.

Jones added: “Yes, I got a feeling you guys will still be around.

“The sport should be bigger than ever by then. Always looking on the bright side.”

 

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