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NEWS ON: Andrade-Canelo, 200th ShoBox, Next Friday Night Fights

BY The Sweet Science ON July 16, 2014
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WBO Jr. Middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade to Canelo Alvarez: "The line forms behind me"

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Philadelphia (July 16, 2014)-- After a successful trip of the United Kingdom, WBO Jr. Middleweight champion Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade (21-0, 14 KO's) wants to make it clear that he is the man to beat at 154 pounds and wants Canelo Alvarez and his promoter Oscar De La Hoya to know that he would be interested in facing the Mexican star in a fall bout.

"I read some comments that Oscar made to Lara after the fight that there is a line about 10 people deep to fight Canelo and Lara would have to get to the back of it. What Oscar failed to mention is that line forms behind me." said the undefeated champion.

"I am the WBO champion and I am undefeated. As I look down the rankings, I just defeated my mandatory Brian Rose and Alvarez is ranked number-two by the WBO. He will be elevated to number-one and I am ready and willing to fight him for my title. I just hope he would be prepared for the beating I will put on him."

Andrade is promoted by Banner Promotions and Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing.

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LANDMARK 200th SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION TELECAST

FEATURES QUADRUPLE HEADER FILLED
WITH SIGNIFICANT TESTS FOR YOUNG PROSPECTS

Friday, July 25 LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT

NEW YORK (July 16, 2014) – ShoBox: The New Generation will celebrate its 200th telecast on Friday, July 25 the same way it started 13 years ago: matching highly regarded prospects in what could be the toughest fights of their careers.

The quadruple header, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), features eight fighters with a combined record of 115-5-1, including a matchup of two undefeated fighters, the 75th such occurrence on the prospect developmental series.

The landmark 200th edition of SHOBOX is promoted by GH3 Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions.

In the main event from Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, N.Y., undefeated middleweight prospect Antoine Douglas (14-0, 9 KOs), of Washington, D.C., will take a big step-up in opposition when he faces once-beaten, former world title challenger Michel Soro (23-1, 13 KOs), of France by way of Ivory Coast, in a 10-round bout.

The co-feature showcases a matchup of undefeated-yet-untested prospects, each taking an important step. Hard-hitting super middleweight prospect Jerry Odom (11-0, 10 KOs), of Washington, D.C., will take on Cuban amateur standout Vilier Quinonez (8-0, 5 KOs), of Miami by way of Cuba, in an eight-round match.

In another eight rounder undefeated welterweight Cecil McCalla (18-0, 6 KOs), of Randallstown, Md., will face Oscar Godoy (13-2, 6 KOs), of Watsonville, Calif., and in the opening bout of the telecast, unbeatenWanzell Ellison (11-0, 5 KOs), of Newark, N.J., will square off with Tony Lewis (17-2, 7 KOs), of Ontario, Canada, in an eight-round super featherweight bout.

Antoine Douglas will make his second appearance of 2014 on ShoBox, where he scored an impressive unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Marquis Davis this past Jan. 17. A highly regarded prospect and former amateur champion, Douglas and his sister, Tyrieshia, were the only brother-sister duo to qualify for the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials.

The 21-year-old Douglas is coming off two consecutive knockout wins inside of two rounds, the latest a second round TKO of veteran, former world title challenger Luca Messi. Douglas, who has been pushed to the eighth round just once in his career and will be fighting in his second scheduled 10-rounder, will take on his toughest challenge to date in Soro.

The only blemish on Michel Soro’s record was a unanimous decision loss in the hometown of Ukrainian junior middleweight world champion Zaurbek Baysangurov in 2012. Since the defeat, the Frenchman has produced five wins in a row back home in France and is coming off a fifth- round TKO ofAlexey Ribchev.

Soro is experienced in distance fights, having gone 12 rounds three times and 10 rounds twice. But the 26-year-old will be making his U.S. debut and fighting at a catch-weight of 157 pounds after campaigning for most of his career at 154.

The Jerry Odom-Vilier Quinonez matchup features two undefeated fighters, both with solid amateur pedigree, facing off at similar points in their professional careers, the quintessential ShoBox matchup.

The heavy-handed, 21-year-old Odom was undefeated entering his last bout in April when he won a four-round unanimous decision over Edgar Perez. Highly regarded yet inexperienced, Odom will be fighting in his first eight-round fight. He has not been past the fourth and has never been scheduled for more than six rounds.

Like many Cuban boxers, the 29-year-old Quinonez got a late start as a professional and didn’t turn pro until 2010 at the age of 25. He has campaigned in Florida for most of his career and is coming off a first-round TKO of Edgar Perez, who happens to be the only fighter that pushed Odom to the distance.

Quinonez is guided by veteran trainer Orlando Cuellar, trainer of former world champion Glen Johnson, who may need to focus on his pupil’s conditioning for this scheduled eight rounder. Quinonez has never been past the fourth round and has only been scheduled for six rounds once.

The 29-year-old McCalla was an accomplished amateur with 150 fights, but he’s faced mostly inferior opposition as a professional. McCallla is one fight removed from a career-best win over durable veteran Eric Mitchell and is coming off a six-round unanimous decision win over the outmatched Antonio Chaves Fernandez.

McCalla, who has never been past the sixth round, will be fighting in his third scheduled eight-round match, while Godoy has an eight-round split-decision victory on his record.

Godoy, 24, has won nine fights in a row since his last loss and is just two fights removed from a career-best second-round knockout over of battle-tested veteran Rogelio Castaneda Jr., who has faced the likes of Lucas Matthysse, Lamont Peterson and Demetrius Hopkins. The Santa Cruz-area boxer is coming off a majority decision over Victor Fonseca on March 14.

The 25-year-old Ellison is unbeaten yet untested as a professional. He had 90 amateur fights and appeared in the National Golden Gloves twice, but he has fought mostly limited opposition since turning pro in 2009. He is coming off a split-decision win against previously unbeaten Iain Weaver on April 4, but prior to that he defeated four fighters with losing records.

The Canadian Lewis, 26, has faced decidedly tougher opposition as a pro. He is coming off an extremely hard-fought 10-round unanimous decision loss to undefeated prospect Ivan Redkach this past Jan. 17 on ShoBox in which he was knocked down in the first round and suffered a cut on his forehead in the sixth from an accidental headbutt. Lewis is also more experienced, having boxed more than double the amount of rounds than Ellison (92-45).

Barry Tompkins will call the ShoBox action from ringside with Steve Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughanproducing and Rick Phillips directing.

The landmark 200th event ShoBox: The New Generation is promoted by GH3 Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions.

July 16, 2014

Jr. Welterweight Contenders Mayfield, Taylor Headline ESPN Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates

WBO Jr. Welterweight Titlist Chris Algieri Interviewed Ringside

The July 18 edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates presentado por Corona Extra will feature Jr. Welterweight contenders Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (18-1-1, 11 KOs) and Emanuel “Tranzforma” Taylor (17-2, 12 KOs) in the 10-round main event. Friday’s show from the Paramount Theater in Huntington, N.Y, will air live at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN. The card is promoted by Star Boxing.

Commentators:
Bernardo Osuna (@osunaespn), filling in for Joe Tessitore, will be ringside with analyst Teddy Atlas describing the action for ESPN2, while studio hostTodd Grisham will provide the latest boxing news and highlights. Commentators Alex Pombo and Delvin Rodríguez will call the fights for Noche de Combates on ESPN Deportes, while Claudia Trejos and Leopoldo González will anchor the studio. WBO Jr. Welterweight Titlist Chris Algieri Interview:
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) Jr. Welterweight titlist Chris Algieri will be interviewed ringside by Atlas and Osuna this week on Friday Night Fights. According to news reports, Algieri, who fought on Friday Night Fights in February, agreed to terms on Tuesday to fight Manny Pacquiao for Pacquiao’s Welterweight belt in November. Algieri defeated former titlist Ruslan Provodnikov in June to become the new Jr. Welterweight titleholder.

Main Event:
Both fighters are looking to get back to their winning ways — California’s Mayfield is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Thomas Dulorme. Taylor, who hails from Maryland, is looking to rebound from a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Algieri. "We feel like Emanuel Taylor is a pretty good fighter, but I just feel like he's not going to be able to mess with Karim,” said LaRon Mayfield, Mayfield’s brother and manager. “I feel like Karim's not going to be at a disadvantage in height. He should be able to touch him with that jab and put all his punches where they need to be….This fight, I see Karim coming out victorious."

Co-Feature:
Friday’s eight-round co-feature will pit undefeated Welterweight Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (13-0, 10 KOs) of New York against Virginia’s “The Mongolian Mongoose” Bayan Jargal (17-5-3, 10 KOs). Seldin is coming off a seventh-round TKO win over Wilfredo Acuna, while Jargal is looking to score a victory following a 10-round unanimous decision loss to 1996 U.S. Olympian Zahir Raheem.

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Comment on this article

flackoguapo says:

I don't think this fight gets made soon.Team Canelo knows that guys with footwork will give Canelo problems. And this guy is not really too known, I dont see it going down between Cinnamon and Boo Boo anytime soon!

oubobcat says:

There is no way after the Lara fight that Golden Boy will put Canelo in with Andrade. The next opponent will be someone who is not slick and does not use their legs. It will be someone who will be right in front of Canelo.

James Kirkland's name has been tossed around and that fight makes sense. But Kirkland has also been a tough guy to get in the ring and a few years ago passed on a potential Canelo fight. And Golden Boy may even want to go with a less riskier fight given that right now Canelo is their primary asset.

I think Ishe Smith will actually be the opponent. He is a bit of a name and stylistically is someone who Canelo matches up very well against. Smith is a bover puncher but certainly not someone who is fleet of foot or hard to find in the ring. He will be well within Canelo's range all night. And Smith is not a huge puncher which makes him even more attractive as an opponent. Its a fight Canelo would be heavily favored and could even serve as a good springboard for a Cotto fight next year.

I am also excited for this ShoBox card. I can't believe its their 200th episode and its an absolutely classic card for their format. There are some solid prospects on this card who are stepping up in competition to be tested. Its what the show is all about and why it has produced many great fights and moments during its run. For many years, I have wished HBO would do something similar and still hold out hope one day they will.

The Commish says:

Great point, flacko. Canelo's stock is gonna' come crashing down if he gets put in more fight against a boxer/mover/speedster. Demetrius Andrade is exactly that--and more.

James Kirkland is the perfect medicine for what has been ailing Canelo. You know Kirkland will be coming in, not moving away. An Alvarez-Kirkland fight spells action all the way.

Cotto-Alvarez. Alvarez-Kirkland. These are two fights Alvarez wants to have made--not himself v Andrade!

-Randy G.

brownsugar says:

Canelo was nourished on a stumble bum diet of raw meat, tomato cans and stiffs (for fiber)
But after he schooled Hatton's brother, jacked Kermit Cintron and exstingushed the flame of junior welter Josesito Lopez, we knew Trout would get him.

The kids never been tested.

Surely Trout would wipe the P4P dreams from this snot nosed kids imagination and bring his hopes of fame and glory crashing down to reality quicker than Lara can do 5 laps around the ring.

Trout will show him.... Canelo's got no amateur pedigree.....the kids just a red-headed hype machine fabricated from the overflowing coffers of GB... there's no real substance to the rookie chump.

That is.....until Canelo connects with a right hand that makes Trout look like Bambi skating on thin ice.
For the rest of the fight Canelo bides his time along the ropes walking Trout into a series of viscious counters.

Of course the fight could have gone the other way ...but it wasn't a clear cut robbery.

I bet he won't fight The Cuban they said....

.... That Lara is a real fighter I screamed. Too much lateral movement. To much hand speed. I hollered.

But Lara is prone to admiring his work and running off the clock like the lead team in a Collegiate basketball tournament trying to protect a three point lead during the final two minutes of the game.

Only Lara starts running off the clock in the MIDDLE of the game.

Yes the fight could have gone the other way but does anyone want to see Lara again?

Somehow the kid has passes his tests with a C minus but he's come further than anybody has ever expected.

I think Canelo has proven that he's a legitimate champion.
He's smart and he's brave...and he's got vision.

Give him a relatively easy fight with Kirkland as suggested by the Commish... Or maybe Gabe Rosado. (I'd love to see that)...

After a brief respite with one of those guys if Cotto isn't available then either Charlo or Andrade should be next. Surely Canelo has never seen what these guys have brought to the table? Or has he.

Will Canelo defy expectations again. I doubt it but time will tell.

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