MOSCOW -- American former world boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin for Russian citizenship over a cup of tea.
Jones' promoter told the R-Sport news agency two years ago that the boxer wanted a Russian passport.
During Wednesday's meeting, Putin wished Jones success doing business in Russia, and the boxer responded that it would be easier if he had a Russian passport. Putin told him getting one would not be a problem if he planned to spend a significant part of his life in Russia.
Their meeting took place in Crimea, which Russia annexed last year and where the 46-year-old boxer and rapper will take part in a show this weekend.
Jones said he hoped sport could help "build a bridge" between the U.S. and Russia.