Cincinnati native Ricardo Williams Jr. is diligently preparing for his return home in the heat of a Houston, Texas boxing gym as he headlines the Saturday, January 31 “Homecoming” world class professional boxing card at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH.
“It’s been a long time, almost five years since I’ve been home and I’m ‘more than ready’ to fight in Cincy” said the 2000 US Olympian. “I’m really looking forward to fighting at home.”
Back after a three year layoff due to legal problems, Williams has put together a three bout winning streak which started last June. Most recently, he won an eight round unanimous decision over Dairo Esales in Las Vegas on October 11.
“I’ve felt better every time out," stated Williams. "After this next fight on the 31st, I’m ready for anyone in the top ten at 140 or 147. There’s no one in particular but I’m ready for any opportunity that comes my way.”
About the three year layoff, Williams said, “I made some mistakes and now it’s time to move onto the future. I can’t dwell on what happened, I just need to move forward and be fully prepared every time I’m in the ring.”
When asked what fans should expect in Cincinnati on the 31st, Williams promised, “They should expect a great performance and their money’s worth.”
Details of Williams’ upcoming bout will be announced shortly.
The co-main event features super middleweight Aaron Pryor Jr., son of legendary former world champion Aaron Pryor.
“Homecoming” is presented by Cincinnati ’s Tmax Events and Las Vegas based TKO Boxing Promotions.
The undercard at “Homecoming” features newcomers and pro debuters from the Cincinnati, OH area including junior lightweights Tony Walker, Mel Crossley and Jesse Carridine, Russian heavyweight Nurpais Torobekov, junior welterweight Shannon Hill and super middleweight Antonio Weathers; all of whom will be appearing in separate four rounders.
Advance tickets, priced at $79.75, $40.75 and $23.75 can be purchased online through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 513-462-4949.
The U.S. Bank Arena is located at 100 Broadway St. in Cincinnati , adjacent to the Great American Ball Park . Doors will open on the evening of the event at 7:30pm with the first bell at 8pm.