DiBella Entertainment will present a unique television doubleheader on January 21 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. when Showtime televises a pair of live bouts - Chris Smith (19-0-1) vs. David Estrada (17-1) in the main event, and Brooklyn's undefeated Sechew Powell (14-0) vs. Aslanbek Kodzoev (15-1-1) in the co-feature - on Shobox: The Next Generation, while the undercard will be aired on tape delay on the popular Broadway Boxing Presented by Mohegan Sun. The announcement will be made tomorrow at a press conference at La Masseria (between Eighth and Broadway) in Manhattan by DBE President Lou DiBella.
Smith, the unbeaten Queens native, will square off against Estrada (17-1, 8 KO's) in a 12-round showdown, an IBF Welterweight Eliminator for the #2 ranking in the feature. Brooklyn's undefeated Powell battles the once-beaten Kodzoev in a 10-round junior middleweight contest. Airtime on Showtime is at 11:00 PM ET/PT.
The Broadway Boxing portion of the show will be the eighth installment of the growing series featuring New York area fighters. Welterweight Joshua Clottey (27-1, 19 KO's), 2004 Olympian Andre Berto (1-0, 1 KO), and middleweight Raymond Joval (32-3, 14 KO's) will be some of the competitors.
"This will be an exciting night for DiBella Entertainment and fight fans at Mohegan Sun and watching across the country," said DiBella. "We are delighted to showcase Chris Smith and Sechew Powell on Showtime in their biggest national television appearances. And Broadway Boxing fans will be treated to quality fights that they have grown accustomed to with Joshua Clottey, Raymond Joval and up-and-coming prospect Andre Berto."
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