Boxing Great Roy Jones in Kenya to Promote Anti-AIDS War
September 5, 2003
U.S. boxing great Roy Jones Jr. arrived in Kenya on Thursday to promote the fight against HIV/AIDS, which has infected at least 2 million of that nation's 32 million people. "I am here because I know the people of Kenya are suffering because of the AIDS epidemic," Jones told a press conference in Nairobi. Kenyan Junior Sports Minister Alicen Chelaite, who flew to the United States last month to invite Jones, said the government is pleased that Jones has shown concern with the plight of those Kenyans affected by the AIDS epidemic. "Jones is really determined to fight in Kenya," in what may be "the ultimate war against HIV," said Akbar Mohammed, his promoter. In March, Jones made history when he became the first former middleweight champion in more than a century to win the World Boxing Association heavyweight title.
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