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Monday 19 March 2018

Collins to make big screen 'comeback'

Steve Collins
Steve Collins
Steve Collins, left, in the ring with Chris Eubank

Nick Bramhill

BOXING legend Steve Collins is set to return to the big screen after landing a part as a Dublin hardman.

The Celtic Warrior, who had a cameo role as a doorman in 1998 smash-hit Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels will play a similar hardman role in new production, The Street.

The 48-year-old, who admits he won't have to change his own character much to portray his streetwise movie character 'Frankie', will start filming scenes for the Stephen Kennedy-directed flick later this month.

Speaking of his upcoming role, he said: "Basically it's a Dublin guy who is quite intimidating, has a bit of form about him and that is all I need to know.

"That's something for me where I can just show up, and don't get me wrong, when I say just show up I mean be accepted in that role. It's not the type of role where we have to change our persona.

"So I'm comfortable with it and I'm going to be in the company of some good up-and-coming actors and a couple of established actors, so I've got some people I can rub off and get help from and get some tips from and a bit of guidance."

Meanwhile, the Dubliner has admitted his much-anticipated comeback fight may not take place unless an investor comes on board.

Collins was granted a licence earlier this year to box again after more than 15 years away from the ring.

And the ex-WBO middleweight and super-middleweight champion said he wants to end his glittering career by taking on former four-weight winner Ray Jones Jnr in a cruiserweight bout.

But the frustrated fighter has admitted the clock is running against him in his bid for a final professional fight, as his licence may not be renewed again.

And he admitted that unless a deal was put in place to stage a fight before Christmas, he may not get to fulfil his dream of fighting American Jones Jnr, 44.

He explained: "I think it has to happen this year. If it doesn't happen by Christmas I will have to reapply for my licence next year, and they may not want me to reapply.

"I don't know, I thought by now it could almost be happening by now or have happened by now. But it's definitely not dead in the water, I can tell you that. The glue we need for the whole thing to happen is for an investor to put the money up. A lot have said they are interested in putting the money up, but they haven't actually done so yet."

UK-based Collins – who defeated British fighters Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn twice – has described the much talked about bout with Jones Jnr as "unfinished business", as the pair never met when they were in their prime.

He said the likely venues for the bout were Las Vegas, the Middle East or the UK.

But in an interview with Yahoo Sport, he admitted the purse would have to be attractive to both fighters if they were to step back in the ring.

He added: "What is the point of getting out and smashing each other up for nothing. There is no point in doing it then, we are professional fighters. If the public interest is there, then the media interest is there.

"So if they are going to produce it and make their revenue, why shouldn't we make money out of it? Roy Jones Jnr knows what he wants for the fight. He has mentioned a figure he would be happy to get and I want the same, but I'm open to negotiations."

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