PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Roy Jones Jr., making a comeback from his lopsided loss in November to then-light heavyweight champion Joe Calzaghe, stopped Omar Sheika in the fifth round on Saturday.
Jones, who won the regional NABO light heavyweight title belt, was dominating Sheika. He was snapping Sheika's head back and had opened a cut on his face when referee Tommy Kimmons jumped in to stop the bout at 1:45.
Jones (53-5, 39 KOs), a former four-division champion, was fighting in his hometown for the first time since knocking out Ricky Frazier in two rounds to retain the light heavyweight championship in January 1999.
It was also only the second time since 1992 that Jones, 40, had his longtime estranged father, Roy Jones Sr., working as part of his corner after their reunion a couple of months ago.
The pay-per-view card also featured several mixed martial arts bouts. In the co-featured boxing match, cruiserweight contender B.J. Flores won a lopsided 10-round decision against Jose Luis Herrera on scores of 99-91, 99-91 and 98-92.
Sheika (27-9, 18 KOs), 32, of Paterson, N.J., was fighting for the first time since September 2007. He has lost three of his last four bouts.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.