Boxing Legend Roy Jones Jr. to Fight Alberta’s Rob Nichols for WBU World Cruiserweight Title in Western Canada

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Boxing Legend Roy Jones Jr. to Fight Alberta’s Rob Nichols for WBU World Cruiserweight Title in Western Canada

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Boxing Legend Roy Jones Jr. to Fight Alberta’s Rob Nichols for WBU World Cruiserweight Title in Western Canada

 

Fight for vacant WBU title tentatively scheduled for October 1; venue details being finalized

 

CALGARY, Alberta June 6, 2016 – In October, western Canadian boxing fans will be treated to a historic night when one of the greatest boxers ever, Roy Jones Jr., will visit the Prairies to take on Alberta’s Rob “Raging Bull” Nichols, in a contest for the World Boxing Union (WBU) World Cruiserweight Title.

 

Jones called out Nichols on Saturday night, June 4, just minutes after Nichols defeated Frank “the Hammer” White in a rematch in Cold Lake, Alberta for the Canadian Cruiserweight Title, which Nichols won from White by decision in December 2015.

 

“Roy shocked the fans when he appeared via video on the big screen in the arena to call out Rob and challenge him to fight for the WBU world title, which is currently vacant. Rob immediately jumped at the chance, the crowd went crazy and now we have a huge fight on our hands,” says promoter Michael Short. “Roy Jones Jr. and his accomplishments in the ring are known all over the world. This is a chance for Rob to take a serious step up in class, fight for a world title, and challenge an all-time great right here in Western Canada. This will be one of the biggest boxing events in the history of our country, and the most important boxing event to hit Western Canada since George Foreman came to Edmonton to fight Ken Lakusta in 1990. We are thrilled to be making it happen.”

 

The fight is tentatively scheduled for October 1. Discussion are ongoing with a number of venues in Western Canada, and the location and ticket sales will be announced as soon as details are available.

 

Rob Nichols hails from Fort Kent, Alberta, and has a 9-3-1 record (five knockouts) as a professional fighter. He is the Canadian Cruiserweight champion and is currently ranked #8 in the world at Cruiserweight by the WBU.

 

Roy Jones Jr., born January 16, 1969, is an American boxer. As a professional he has captured numerous championships in the Middleweight, Super middleweight, Light heavyweight and Heavyweight divisions. He is the only boxer in history to start his career as a junior middleweight, and go on to win a heavyweight title. He is also noted for holding the WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO, NABF, WBF, and IBA light heavyweight championships; a record seven belts at the same time. Jones left his mark in boxing history when he won the WBA heavyweight title, becoming the first former middleweight champion to win a Heavyweight title in 106 years. Jones was named "Fighter of the Decade" for the 1990's by the Boxing Writers Association of America. Jones was also a highly-decorated amateur and Olympic silver medalist.

 

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