Roy Jones Jr.
To have people come out and support me like this is a great feeling. And all this trash talking that is going on it what it’s all about.
People are wondering why I have picked a big puncher like Omar Sheika to bring to my hometown. You know I don’t do anything easy. All these people are paying good money to come see the fights and we have to put on a good show. They don’t want to see easy fights. He’s 32 and this is an opportunity of a lifetime for him. I owe my fans a tough fight, that’s why I brought in a guy like this. You know he is going to be hungry.
I am 40-years now and I feel like I can go to 45. I do it because I love what I do.
This is the kind of an event that the MMA fights go quick and the boxing fights last a while. It is good for everybody. I hope it goes well. It is still two guys fighting in a ring. Man-to-man is what it is supposed to be and that’s why fighting is great.
I wouldn’t put a fight like this together if I didn’t think it was the wave of the future.
I used to get nervous fighting in my hometown. But I prepared for this fight the best I could. By having my dad in camp, I got my skills tuned up again.
Jones’ trainer Alton Merkerson
It’s been a long time since Roy has fought in Pensacola and he has always promised to me that he would fight here again. This is the first event of its kind and I am glad to be a part of it. These are two veterans and both are warriors. Both have worked very hard and prepared to their best for this competition on the 21st.
I’m in the best shape and this is the hardest I have trained in my whole life. They got me in the best shape to be prepared for the best Roy Jones. This is an opportunity of a lifetime. This will begin the second chapter of my boxing career. What he has accomplished, being an eight-time world champion, and I am here trying to get my first world title.
Maybe picking me wasn’t the smartest thing to do. I am very excited about this fight. On the 21st, there will be fireworks flying.
I am full of gratitude with this opportunity to fight on the same card with a legend like Roy Jones. When I was a kid, I would run home after school to watch tapes of Roy Jones fighting against James Toney. Now I am fighting on the same card as him.
I want to show the people what I am about. Look at my face – this is a face of a World Champion. This fight will take me to greater things and that will fulfill all of my dreams.
I’m not here for fun and games and to joke around. This is my life and I take it very seriously.
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Eight-time world champion “Superman” Roy Jones Jr. will battle Omar Sheika in a light heavyweight bout this Saturday, March 21. B.J. Flores, Undefeated Cruiserweight, will be featured on the card along with a bevy of MMA bouts, headlined by Bobby Lashley and Roy Nelson facing off against Jeff Monson. The Event, promoted by Square Ring Promotions, Inc. in association with Hirsch Borao Boxing and the Pensacola Civic Center will take place at the Pensacola Civic Center and be broadcast live on pay-per-view. Tickets, priced at $128, $103, $78, $53 & $28 are on sale and available at all Ticketmaster locations, the Pensacola Civic Center Box Office and Ticketmaster.com.