Dekada Premier Fight Night has announced that it could not accept the terms set forth by boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. on a planned fight with Alberta’s own Rob Nichols for the WBU World Cruiserweight Title. Set to be the biggest Canadian pro boxing event in decades, the fight was to take place at Northlands Coliseum (formerly Rexall Place) in Edmonton, Alberta on Saturday, November 26, 2016. The event has been cancelled.
On June 4, Jones challenged Nichols to a fight for the WBU title via video message following Nichols’ Canadian Cruiserweight Title defense against Frank White. In the final hours of negotiations, Jones’ lawyer drew up a completely new set of terms and conditions that were unacceptable to Dekada. Promoters Michael Short and Dennis Herrmann felt they had no choice but reject the new conditions and move on without Jones.
“We were unable to come to a complete agreement on all the details as the deadline approached to nail down the venue,” says Michael. “It was disappointing to have to reject what was going to be a very exciting event, but these things happen sometimes in boxing. We are now working to find a suitable opponent for a November date with Rob putting his Canadian Cruiserweight championship on the line once again. At Dekada, we are focused on bringing high risk, all action fights to western Canada and our next card will be another thrill ride for boxing fans.
“Though this would have been a huge event for us, it is only one of many we have in the works.” says Dennis. “Dekada is here to stay and we are very proud of what we have achieved in the past year and the support we have gained from the fans.”
Details on the next Dekada card will be announced as soon as they are available.
*Press Release from Dekada Entertainment