New York, NY, July 30, 2007 – MSG announced today that the network will air the cable television replay premiere of Roy Jones Jr.’s bout against talented contender Anthony Hanshaw on Saturday, August 4 at 8:00 pm. The 12-round bout, entitled “He’s Baack! Witness The Return Of A King,” was fought at the light heavyweight limit of 175 pounds and ended Jones’ one-year layoff.. The fight, previously aired via pay-per-view, was produced live by MSG from the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi, MS on Saturday, July 14. MSG’s Sam Rosen called the blow-by-blow with Tony Paige providing expert analysis and Michael Marley handling in-ring interviews.
Legendary boxer Roy Jones Jr. (51-4, 38 KOs), a former five-time world champion in four different weight classes, is not ready for retirement just yet. Jones was out to prove that he still has plenty of rounds left in him and has what it takes to become a world champion once again. His last fight took place in July 2006 when he captured the WBO NABO light heavyweight title from Prince Badi Ajamu in a 12 round unanimous decision. His comeback continued when he stepped into the ring against Anthony “The Tyger” Hanshaw who was undefeated in 22 professional bouts (21-1-1, 14 KO’s) and one of the sports promising contenders. Hanshaw, coming off a draw in January, was out to put the official end to Jones’ stellar career.
Additionally scheduled to appear on the telecast will be Derrick “Smoke” Gainer (40-7-1, 24 KO’s) versus Carlos Navarro (27-5-1, 22 KO’s) in a 10 round lightweight matchup. Murad Productions and Square Ring, Inc. promoted the fight card in association with IP Casino-Resort Spa.
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