PRO MMA (http://promma.info) has learned that former pound-for-pound Champion of the World, Roy Jones Jr. plans to promote a combination boxing / MMA event that will air live on pay-per-view on March 21 at the Pensacola Civic Center in Florida.
Never has a combination boxing / MMA card featured such a well known and successful boxer. The 40 year-old Jones will be fighting the relatively unknown Omar Shieka. Jones was last in the ring on November 8, 2008 when he lost a unanimous decision against Joe Calzaghe. Although Jones is getting on up in age, the man has been fighting consistently for 19 straight years.
On the MMA portion of the card, names such as Seth Petruzelli, Bobby Lashley, Roy Nelson, Jeff Monson, and Doug Marshall have been mentioned. It’s not a bad lineup although, Monson’s recent legal issues could potentially keep him from fighting.
There is enough talent on the card to make for a good live show but the issue could be with the pay-per-view. How much they charge for the broadcast will most likely determine whether or not it will sell. If they try and charge a full $40-$50 bucks to watch the pay-per-view, forget it. No MMA fan is going to pay that much for that lineup except some of the fighters’ close family members.
Now if it’s a $9.99 online pay-per-view, that would be more like it but Roy Jones Jr. fighting on an online pay-per-view just does not seem likely. Good luck on promoting this one Champ.
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By: Jack Bratcher
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