Thursday, August 03, 2006
NEW YORK – “ShoBox: The New Generation” will continue its super middleweight tournament with two more explosive bouts when the opening round resumes Friday, Aug. 4, at the Sports Center of Las Vegas. The Showtime telecast will open with Tony “The Tyger” Hanshaw (19-0, 13 KOs) of Warren, Ohio, taking on Esteban “Rocky” Camou (18-1, 15 KOs) of Navojoa, Mexico, followed by late substitute Lafarrell “Memphis Fairway” Bunting (15-1-1, 15 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nev., by way of Memphis, Tenn., facing Jose Luis Herrera (14-1, 14 KOs) of San Onofre, Colombia.
The winners in Friday’s 10-round, opening-round bouts on Showtime (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) will advance to the Oct. 6 tournament semi-finals where they will box each other. The other semi-final that evening will match a pair of unbeatens, Jean Paul Mendy and Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan. Mendy (22-0, 12 KOs) and Buchanan (14-0, 11 KOs) advanced July 28 on Showtime with first-round tournament victories over Dallas Vargas and Lucas Green-Arias, respectively, at The Sports Center of Las Vegas.
On Jan. 5, 2007, the winner of the tournament final will walk away with the International Boxing Organization (IBO) 168-pound title. Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, is promoting this event that, in addition to the IBO title, also offers two boxers from the original field of eight the rare opportunity to appear on national television three times in only six months.
Thumbnail biographies on the Aug.4 “ShoBox” tournament participants follow.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
NEW YORK – Sakio Bika has withdrawn from the “ShoBox: The New Generation” super middleweight tournament with an injured elbow and has been replaced by once-beaten southpaw Lafarrell “Memphis Fairway” Bunting. The announcement was made Tuesday by “ShoBox” Executive Producer Gordon Hall and tournament promoter Gary Shaw.
The hard-hitting Bunting (15-1-1, 15 KOs), who enters the tournament with an explosive 15-knockout wins, will box another prolific puncher, Jose Luis Herrera (14-1, 14 KOs) of San Onofre, Colombia, when the “ShoBox’’ tournament continues with first-round bouts this Friday, Aug. 4, on Showtime (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
Tony Hanshaw (19-0, 13 KOs) of Warren, Ohio, will face Esteban Camou (18-1, 15 KOs) of Navojoa, Mexico, in Friday’s second opening-round bout at The Sports Center of Las Vegas. The winners of the 10-round bouts will advance to face each other in the semi-finals on Oct. 6. The other semi-final that evening will match a pair of unbeatens, Jean Paul Mendy and Henry Buchanan.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Jean Paul Mendy registered a 1:45, first-round TKO over Dallas Vargas in an opening-round match in the “ShoBox” Super Middleweight Tournament Friday on Showtime. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
LAS VEGAS – It is on to the semifinals for Jean Paul Mendy and Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan, who were victorious in opening-round bouts in the “ShoBox” Super Middleweight Tournament Friday on “ShoBox: The New Generation” on Showtime.
Mendy (22-0, 12 KOs), of Paris, France, registered a first-round TKO over Dallas “Deaf Pride” Vargas (21-3, 15 KOs) of Toledo, Ohio. In a battle of unbeatens, Buchanan (14-0, 11 KOs), of Capital Heights, Maryland, injured his right hand in the first round but still did enough to box and slug his way to a unanimous 10-round decision over Lucas Green-Arias (11-1, 8 KOs) of Costa Rica.
A tournament that offers two boxers in the original international field of eight the rare opportunity to appear on national television three times in only seven months resumes next Friday, Aug. 4, when Anthony Hanshaw (19-0, 13 KOs) of Warren, Ohio, takes on Esteban Camou (18-1, 15 KOs) of Navojoa, Mexico, and Sakio Bika (20-1-2, 14 KOs) of Douala, Cameroon, faces Jose Luis Herrera (14-1, 14 KOs) of San Onofre, Colombia. Like Friday’s show, the fights will be televised on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from the PFTC at The Sports Center of Las Vegas.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
NEW YORK – Opening-round match-ups have been set for the upcoming “ShoBox: The Next Generation” super middleweight tournament – two dates (Friday, July 28 and Friday, August 4), four great fights on Showtime.
Both “ShoBox” telecasts will air live at 11 p.m. ET /PT (delayed on the west coast) from the PFTC at The Sports Center of Las Vegas. The winners of the opening-round bouts will then advance to the semi-finals on the Friday, Oct. 6, edition of “ShoBox”. Showtime will televise the tournament finals on January 5, 2007.
Gary Shaw Productions, in association with Round One Entertainment and the McDonald Family Foundation, will promote the exciting tournament that offers two of the field of eight up-and-coming boxers the rare opportunity to appear on national television three times in only seven months, while earning the champion status as a consensus top-rated contender in the 168-pound division.
On July 28, Jean Paul Mendy of France , (21-0, 11 KOs ) will face Dallas Vargas of Ohio , (21-2, 15 KOs ) and Henry Buchanan of South Carolina (13-0, 11 KOs ) will meet Lucas Green-Arias of Costa Rica (11-0, eight KOs ).
On Aug. 4, Anthony Hanshaw of Ohio (19-0, 13 KOs ) will take on Esteban Camou of Mexico , (18-1, 15 KOs ) and Sakio Bika of Cameroon , ( 20-1-2 , 14 KOs ) will square off against Jose Luis Herrera of Colombia (14-1, 14 KOs ).
Monday, July 17, 2006
NEW YORK – There have been several successful and famous brother tandems in boxing over the years, including Leon and Michael Spinks, Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, Gabriel and Rafael Ruelas, Jerry and Mike Quarry, Gaby and Orlando Canizales, and Terry and Orlin Norris.
For all of their achievements, few had anything on Mexico City’s Juan Manuel and Rafael Marquez, the most successful brothers in boxing today. No other current brother duo is close.
A combined 79-6-1 with 64 knockouts, the exciting Marquez brothers are universally recognized as two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Long regarded as perhaps the world’s premier featherweight, Juan, 32, is 44-3-1 with 33 KOs. Younger brother, Rafael, 31, is 35-3 with 31 knockouts. Many regard him as the finest bantamweight in boxing.
One of only four sets of Mexican brothers in history to win a world title, the Marquez brothers will be featured when the 20th anniversary celebration of Showtime Championship Boxing continues Saturday, Aug. 5, on Showtime (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In the main event, Juan will face World Boxing Organization (WBO) No. 1 contender Terdsak Jandaeng (24-1, 15 KOs) for the WBO Interim 126-pound belt. In a rematch, Rafael will put his International Boxing Federation (IBF)/International Boxing Organization (IBO) bantamweight belts on the line against No. 1-ranked Silence Mabuza (19-1, 15 KOs).
Friday, June 30, 2006
NEW YORK – Some of the best 168-pound prospects in the world are set to compete in a single-elimination tournament on “ShoBox: The New Generation” to determine the top super middleweight contender. In the first professional boxing tournament televised on the “ShoBox” series, eight young prizefighters will attempt to win three consecutive 10-round bouts in order to put themselves on the doorstep of a world title.
The tournament begins with two 10-round bouts each night on Friday, July 28, and Friday, Aug. 4, 2006, at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from the PFTC Sports Center in Las Vegas, Nev. The winners of the four opening-round matches will advance to the semifinals on the October 6, 2006, “ShoBox” telecast from the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. The two victorious semi-finalists will meet in the final bout in early 2007.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
NEW YORK – Showtime will make television history when four sons of former world champions and a cousin of another are featured in a special edition of “ShoBox: The New Generation” Saturday, July 1, 2006, (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from the Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan. The Showtime fistic series, which normally airs on Fridays at 11 p.m. ET/PT, will move to Saturday night for one time only and revert to its usual time slot for the following edition on Friday, July 28. Talk about all in the family and following in your dad’s footsteps. Want bloodlines? Want to see what it really is like to have prizefighting in your genes? How do you escape these shadows? Which youngster will leave the best impression? Tune in July 1 when your questions will be answered as “ShoBox” becomes the “Second Generation” for a night.
The outstanding lineup on a DiBella Entertainment-promoted fight card will feature: Chazz Witherspoon (12-0, seven KOs) against Mike Alexander (11-0, eight KOs) in a 10-round battle of unbeaten heavyweights; James McGirt Jr. (11-0, 1 NC, seven KOs) against Stephan Pryor (10-1, seven KOs) in an eight-round middleweight showdown; Ronald Hearns (8-0, six KOs) against Hector Hernandez (8-1-2, three KOs) in another eight-round middleweight bout, and unbeaten junior middleweight Jorge Paez Jr. (9-0, seven KOs) against an opponent to be announced in a six-round junior welterweight.
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
NEW YORK – Home sweet home. In some major sports, home field advantage is huge and often can be the difference between winning and losing. Not so in the sweet science, however, where performance and what one does in the ring counts most.
“Once the bell rings, it is just you and your opponent,” said Alejandro “Terra” Garcia (25-1, 23 KOs), who defends his World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight belt against local favorite and former world welterweight champion Jose Antonio Rivera (37-4-1, 24 KOs) Saturday, May 6, 2006, on Showtime (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). “Rivera may have a big crowd rooting for him, but I still have my fists. They are the great equalizer.”
In front of what will be a raucous setting at the DCU Center at Worcester, Mass., and millions more watching on Showtime Championship Boxing, Garcia will make the first defense in his second stint as WBA 154-pound champion. In an exciting junior bantamweight world title fight that will open the telecast, talented southpaw Luis “El Demoleder” Perez (23-1, 15 KOs) defends his International Boxing Federation (IBF) belt against mandatory challenger and No. 1 contender Dimitri “The Baby” Kirillov (28-2, 10 KOs). The world championship doubleheader is promoted by Don King Productions.
NEW YORK – Showtime will kick off the Cinco de Mayo weekend with the first of excellent back-to-back fight cards on Friday, May 5. In the main event on “ShoBox: The New Generation” (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast), North American Boxing Association (NABA) flyweight champion Cesar El Gallito” Lopez (18-2, four KOs) defends against Glenn “The Filipino Bomber” Donaire (15-2-1, nine KOs). The vacant North American Boxing Organization (NABO) 112-pound belt will also be on the line in the 12-round bout.
In the 10-round co-feature, undefeated super welterweight Juan Manuel Buendia (12-0, four KOs) collides with hard-hitting Alexis Division (16-2, 13 KOs). Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, in association with Tony Holden Productions, will promote the doubleheader from the Lucky Star Casino in Concho, Okla.