By Kurt Wolfheimer
Friday night at Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Omar Sheika (32-11, 21 KOs) will face off against Yusaf Mack (29-4-2, 17 KOs) for the USBA Light heavyweight title in hopes of continuing his quest to become a world champion. At 35 years old, Sheika knows his time is now, but he feels the light heavyweight division is his for the taking. It all starts though with a victory over Yusaf Mack on Friday night, which will not be an easy task to accomplish.
Mack has tested some of the best in the world, including the likes of former world champions Glen Johnson, Tavoris Cloud and has beaten former USBA light heavyweight titleholder Otis Griffin. Sheika also has taken on some of the greatest in the world such as ex-champs Roy Jones Jr, Joe Calzaghe and Markus Beyer and seems to have the nod in experience. The Patterson, New Jersey resident is confident that he has the style and game plan to defeat Mack.
“I know Yusaf is a good fighter,” admits Sheika. “He comes to fight. He starts outs pretty fast, but eventually wears out. You really can break him down. He was winning almost all of the fights that he lost. His opponents basically broke him down because Yusaf doesn’t like pressure. He doesn’t like body shots and that is the type of fighters that I love to face. I am a pressure fighter who wants the knockout. I feel confident that I will break him down and come out on top Friday night.”
If Omar Sheika is victorious against Mack and captures the USBA title, what is next on the mind of the crowd pleasing light heavyweight? “I am looking to defeat Yusaf Mack right now, but after that I want to fight any of the world champions including Tavoris Cloud,” stated Sheika. “I would love to fight the winner of Dawson-Hopkins. I have been in with some great fighters, so I believe it is all about my performance on Friday night. If I am in great shape, I can beat any of the top fighters. I don’t want to waste time because I am not getting any younger. I want a world title fight as soon as possible. After Yusaf Mack, I feel I will be ready for anybody.
Sheika acknowledges that without fan support he would not be where he is today. “I fight for my fans. I give 100% in the ring. I appreciate their support. I fight hard in the ring to please them. Come out on Friday night to Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey and watch me capture the USBA title. You won’t be disappointed.”
The card which is promoted by Nedal Promotions in association with KEA Boxing, is loaded with several other exciting bouts featuring some of the top talent in the east coast. In the co-feature of the evening, undefeated super middleweight Derek “Take it to the bank” Webster (12-0, 7 KOs) will swap punches with Sabou Bellagou (8-4, 3 KOs).
Ticket: $80 Ringside and $50 General Admission.
Ticket will be available at the box office, but they are going fast. For tickets in advance, call 609-587-3225.
Doors open at 6:30PM, first bout 7PM