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Roy Jones Jr. Defeats Omar Sheika at March Badness

Mar 22, 2009 – 12:37 AM
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Michael David Smith

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Appearing in the main event of the March Badness show he promoted, Roy Jones Jr. defeated Omar Sheika Saturday night in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida.

Jones was clearly faster and more skilled than Sheika, and after the first round it was obvious that Sheika didn't belong in the same ring with Jones. The hand speed that made Jones the best boxer in the world in the 1990s might have diminished somewhat, but it's still far beyond anything Sheika could handle. Jones never knocked Sheika down, but he so out-classed him that in the fifth round, the ref had seen enough and called a halt to the fight.

Some observers might question the decision to stop the fight, but it was the right call: Sheika wasn't doing anything except serving as a heavy bag for Jones. The fight came to an end at the right time.

Still fighting at age 40, Jones is well past his prime. But he remains able to draw an enthusiastic crowd in Pensacola, and his name can still convince boxing fans to purchase a pay-per-view. Jones is also now a full-fledged promoter, and his Square Ring Promotions company put together a mixed martial arts undercard that was respectable if not spectacular.

And respectable if not spectacular pretty well describes Jones at this point in his boxing career. He'll never be the best in the world again, but he could keep fighting for several more years. Maybe even until he's 50.

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