PENSACOLA, Fla. (March 24, 2015) – Square Ring Promotions and Island Fights Championships announced today that Roy Jones, Jr. (60-8, 43 KO’s) would be back in the ring on March 28, 2015 in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida in a WBU Cruiserweight title defense bout against Paul Vasquez (10-6-1, 3 KO’s) at the Pensacola Bay Center.
“I want to stay active and continue on my path towards a fight with Marco Huck later this year,” said Roy Jones. “I’ve been working on some different things and the fights I’ve been doing are helping me hone these. I haven’t fought here in Pensacola for 6 years and I really am looking forward to seeing all my fans Saturday night. Pensacola in the house . . . Body-Head!”
Vasquez, who is known for donating his purse to Children’s Hospitals, is planning to do the same for this fight. “I jumped at the chance to fight Roy Jones. It’s truly an honor for me, but make no mistake, I’m coming to win.”
“Roy just fought 3 weeks ago in North Carolina, and we were already planning one of our Island Fights mixed cards for March 28. Roy said he wanted to fight on it too, since it was already a mixed boxing and MMA show, and so we made it happen,” said John Wirt, CEO of Square Ring Promotions. “We have a huge card of local boxers and MMA fighters and with Roy topping the bill, Pensacola is going have a chance to see not only a great evening of fights, but also their hometown legend.”
“I encouraged Roy to take this fight,” said McGee Wright, Jones’ longtime manager. “Roy has won his last 6 fights in a row, and his last 3 by stoppage. The stuff he has been working on is really starting to pay off and this is a process that we are going through on purpose to get him ready both physically and mentally for the Huck fight.”
On the MMA side, the top MMA fight features Pensacola’s rising star, Dillon Cleckler, currently 8-0 as a professional. “Dillon is psyched to be fighting on a Roy Jones card,” said Dean Toole, CEO of Island Fights Championships. “This event is going to be huge and we have all the top talent who haven’t yet been signed by the UFC. Dillon has had a total of 18 fights and has finished every opponent that has been put in front of him. He was also recently named the 2014 Florida Fighter of the Year.”
Just recently added to the already stacked card, is Black Zillions team member Lorenzo “The Samoan Silverback” Hood. “Lorezno is a freakish 25 year old, 265 pound machine,” Toole continued. “With a 12-2 record, 12 out of his 14 fights have been finished in the first round by way of knockout. But come Saturday night, he will have his toughest test yet when he faces TUF veteran Jeremy May. Jeremy is currently undefeated as a heavyweight and is on a 5 fight win streak. There are so many great fights on this card that each and every one of them is worthy of being a main event. Everyone is so pumped about this show. We have fighters coming from as far as the U.K., such as Lady Gaga Little Monster Fes Batista, as well as from all of the surrounding states. Its gonna be pandemonium this Saturday in the Pensacola Bay Center.”