Biloxi plays host to combat sports twin-bill on Thursday night:
More boxing comes your way on Thursday night as Roy Jones Jr. Boxing returns live to UFC Fight Pass (7 p.m. ET, 4 p.m. PT) from Biloxi, Mississippi’s Biloxi Civic Center.
This Roy Jones Jr. Boxing card serves as the start of a same-night doubleheader of combat sports on UFC Fight Pass, as immediately following the main event in boxing, iKON Fighting Federation begins its life as a promotion when it presents iKON MMA 1 at 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT.
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RJJ Promotions adding MMA to our portfolio!!! Newest MMA promotion iKON Fighting Federation To Launch Sept. 24 in Mississippi Streaming Live and Exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS® LAS VEGAS (August 6, 2020) – Veteran combat sports promoter Keith Veltre has announced the debut of MMA’s newest promotional company, iKON Fighting Federation (iKON), September 24 at Biloxi Civic Center in Biloxi, Mississippi. All iKON events, held in association with Roy Jones, Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions, will be streamed live on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports. Veltre, who also announced the hiring of Dean Toole as iKON’s matchmaker, is the CEO and co-founder of RJJ Boxing Promotions and Kinektic submission grappling, both streaming events exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS. “I have always lived by the motto, when businesses are downsizing during tough times, I either acquire or expand,” Veltre said. “I take advantage of times like this to rollout new adventures and MMA has always been in my game plan. I have always attached myself to a great team and bringing in Dean Toole as lead matchmaker was a no brainer, and I promise Ikon will deliver fireworks. I am thankful to have a great broadcast partner, UFC FIGHT PASS, and we’re excited to launch our first Ikon event with UFC FIGHT PASS on September 24th.” Toole added, “Being the founder and CEO of Island Fights, on UFC FIGHT PASS, it sometimes gets overlooked that I’m also the matchmaker for all of our professional events. I couldn’t be happier for this opportunity to continue doing what I’m best at and matchmake fights for iKON Fighting Federation. “I had the privilege of being hired by Keith Veltre and UFC FIGHT PASS in December for the Quinet Ultra event and I think they liked working with me and my staff. I hope we made a good impression. I’m very excited to get started and do what we do best and that’s get these athletes to UFC.” Full details and matchups will soon be announced. #mma #ufc #fights #rjjboxing #lasvegas #vegas #ikonmma
Roy Jones Jr. Boxing and iKON Fighting Federation are each overseen by Keith Veltre, with Dean Toole, the CEO of Island Fights, serving as matchmaker for iKON Fighting Federation’s MMA bouts.
Williams vs. Miller:
Our focus this time out is on the squared circle of boxing and the first half of the twin-bill.
In the main event of the boxing show on Thursday night, Super-Lightweights take to the ring as Michael Williams Jr. (12-0, eight knockouts) fights Thomas Miller (6-3, three knockouts) in an eight-round contest to end the card.
Heading into the main attraction on Thursday night, Michael Williams Jr. is the taller contestant in this fight, standing 6-foot-1, compared to Thomas Miller’s 5-foot-10 frame.
How they got here:
Michael Williams Jr. has yet to lose in his professional boxing career, most recently scoring a TKO against Keasen Freeman on Dec. 14 last year.
In the other corner, Thomas Miller has posted a 3-2 record in his last five boxing matches and enters this main event on a two-fight losing streaks.
Both losses in this stretch have come by TKO at the hands of Cody Wilson, most recently on Jan. 24.
Ordinarily, at this point in the article, we would mention who has the reach advantage as per Boxrec, but no such information exists on the website in the lead-up to this main event contest.
Prediction: Michael Williams Jr. by third-round TKO.
Other fights on Thursday night’s card include:
Co-Main Event: Mark Reyes Jr. (12-0, 10 knockouts) vs. Carlos Mohamed Rodriguez (13-8-1, five knockouts) [Welterweight, eight rounds at three minutes per round]
Shawn Simpson (12-0, four knockouts) vs. Aldimar Silva (22-18, 14 knockouts) [Super-Bantamweight, six rounds at three minutes per round]
Tyler Tomlin (6-0, four knockouts) vs. Gabriel Gutierrez (5-8, three knockouts) [Super-Lightweight, six rounds at three minutes per round]
Jonathan Montrel (7-0, five knockouts) vs. Leonardo Kenon (3-8, one knockout) [Super-Lightweight, six rounds at three minutes per round]
Sean Hemphill (8-0, five knockouts) vs. Jordan Weeks (4-0, two knockouts) [Light Heavyweight, six rounds at three minutes per round]