by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Square Ring Promotions officials on Thursday announced that, despite the reported CSAC (California State Athletic Commission) suspension of Ken Shamrock, its March 21 pro boxing/MMA pay-per-view event will be held as scheduled at the Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, Fla.
Eight-time world boxing champion Roy Jones, Jr. (52-5, 38 KOs) takes on 4-time world title challenger Omar Sheika (27-8, 18 KOs) in the main event on the hybrid show, presented by Square Ring Promotions, in association with Hirsch Borao Boxing and the Pensacola Civic Center.
“The show will go on,” Square Ring Promotions CEO John Wirt stated. “Ken said he was taking over-the-counter products and has requested an expedited appeal. We’re working with his group but, just in case, we are also looking for a possible replacement to fight Bobby Lashley. We have indentified some great replacements for Shamrock and have been in contact with them. A press release will be issued very soon as to which direction we will be going.”
MMAWeekly.com sources indicate that prior to the match-up against Ken Shamrock, British fighter James McSweeney had nearly closed a deal to fight Lashley. There has been no word yet if McSweeney has been approached to step back into the picture now that it appears Shamrock is unlikely to be able to fight.
The Florida Boxing Commission on Thursday told MMAWeekly.com that it honors all states’ suspensions. So Shamrock would somehow have to be cleared by California to be able to fight next week.
McSweeney is a member of Jackson’s MMA, currently training with fighters such as Nate Marquardt, Georges St. Pierre, Rashad Evans, and Keith Jardine.
The MMA portion of the card features a match-up between world-class grapplers Roy “Big Country” Nelson (13-6, 6 KOs, 4 Submissions), ex-IFL heavyweight champion, and former UFC title challenger Jeff “Snowman” Monson (27-8, 2 KOs, 15 Submissions).