How Skye Nicolson ‘blew Roy Jones Jr.’s socks off’ ahead of Taylor fight against Serrano undercard
Australian rising star Skye Nicolson can count the great Roy Jones Jr. among her rapidly growing legion of fans.
Nicolson (2-0) will become the first Australian woman to fight at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden when she faces American Shanecqua Paisley Davis (3-1) in the undercard of the lightweight superfight between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano this weekend – the first women’s main event on the site.
The 26-year-old received a boost of confidence earlier this week when former four-division world champion Jones, renowned for his lightning-fast hands and fan-friendly style, offered his comments after sending him an Instagram video.
“There were quite a few comments saying, ‘Skye Jones Jnr.’ So I texted him, slipped in DMs,” Nicolson said.
“He followed me this week and obviously looked at some footage of me.
“It was also a voicemail from him, it wasn’t just a text, which I thought was quite personal and really nice for him to take the time to say it.
“He was full of praise and offered his expertise and said if I ever watched anything he had done and had any questions he would be happy to send me videos and tutorials or explaining things and breaking them down for me, which I thought was really cool.
“He said it was the first time he saw me fight and he really wanted to see more and he likes my style and I quote, ‘he blew his socks off’ when he watched, so I thought that was pretty cool coming from one of the greatest of all time.
Jones is among many admirers of Nicolson, who quickly made a name for himself in the professional game after making the switch following a successful amateur career that included a Commonwealth Games gold medal and a World Championships bronze medal. world.
This Sunday’s fight (Saturday in the US) will be the Queenslander’s third in less than two months, making her the dream pupil of her Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn.
“I’m confident she can go on and win world titles, definitely at featherweight, maybe even super bantamweight and then super featherweight,” Hearn said.
“She’s a star. If she’s good enough, which I believe she is, she’s going to be a really big world star.
“She’s going to excel against better opposition.”
Nicolson is among a host of Australian fighters signed to Matchroom, including IBF bantamweight champion Ebanie Bridges, WBO super lightweight number one Liam Paro, as well as rising contenders Brock Jarvis and Demsey McKean.
Hearn has revealed plans for a Matchroom show in Australia in September and Nicolson is keen to be a part of it.
“I can’t wait to have a professional fight in Australia in front of all my fans who have supported me from day one, who have also been there throughout my amateur career,” Nicolson said.
“I’m very excited for this day and hopefully it will be the September show.
“As soon as it’s locked, I can almost guarantee I’ll be on it.”
But before a return home, Nicolson has some business to attend to overseas, starting this week in New York under the card of a fight Hearn has compared to the “Mayweather vs. Pacquiao of women’s boxing.”
“There were a lot of ‘pinch’ moments this week, being part of such a historic moment,” Nicolson said.
“I’ve looked up to Katie Taylor since I was a young girl. I first met her when I was 14 and she’s been a great role model and inspiration to me.
“To fight with his undercard in New York’s Madison Square Garden in just my third fight, so early in my career as well, is very humbling.
“I’m very grateful and honored to have the privilege of being here and being a part of all of this and just hope I can put on a great show and get more eyes on the sport and more people talking about the sport. women’s boxing in general.”
Nicolson admits her fight with Paisley Davis will be her “biggest test yet as a professional,” but she doesn’t want the opportunity on the big stage to beg.
“The atmosphere and the energy always fuel the fight and I feed off that when I’m in a fight, so I’m very excited to feel that energy in the mecca of boxing on Saturday night,” Nicolson said.
“If there’s an opportunity for me to finish the fight early, I’ll definitely look to take it.”
Catch Nicolson in action on DAZN from around 7am on Sunday AEST.