Battle of undefeateds on March 13 ShoBox
- Updated: February 26, 2015
Someone’s ‘O’ has got to go in the next edition of ShoBox.
The March 13 ShoBox will match up undefeated fighters against each other in the main event.
Headlining the card is Antoine Douglas, who takes on Thomas LaManna in a middleweight bout that is scheduled for 10 rounds.
Douglas (16-0-1, 10 KO) is making his third appearance on ShoBox. After fighting to a draw against Michel Soro, Douglas has bounced back with two straight victories. He is familiar with his opponent from their days in the amateurs.
“I know LaManna from the amateurs so this fight came as a bit of a surprise to me,” Douglas said. “But this is the sport of boxing. I know he’s coming to win and stay undefeated, just like I am. I think 160 is my best weight and is one I should stay comfortable at. No more catch-weights hopefully.”
LaManna (16-0, 7 KO) has been a pro since 2011. Despite having an unblemished record, he is still pegged as the underdog against Douglas. LaManna will be looking for the upset.
“I’ve been waiting for a fight like this,’’ LaManna said. “Without a doubt they made a mistake by picking me. I am so excited for this fight and I am going to make the best of it. I know I am going to come in there 100 percent prepared and do what I have to do to get the victory.”
The co-main event will see a 10-round bout between Ismael Barroso and Issouf Kinda squaring off for the NABO lightweight title.
Having only gone the distance three times in his career, Barroso (16-0-2, 15 KO) is known for his power, having stopped 11 of his last 12 opponents. This will be his first appearance on ShoBox.
Kinda (17-2, 7 KO) has lost two of his last three fights after winning his first 16 bouts. Despite facing a knockout artist like Barroso, Kinda won’t be discouraged.
“His power doesn’t scare me,” Kinda said. “I’ll be ready.”
Undefeated super bantamewights Adam Lopez (9-0, 4 KO) and Pablo Cruz (11-0, 3 KO) will square off in the opening bout of the telecast. Super middleweights Jerry Odom (12-1, 1 NC, 11 KO) and Andrew Hernandez (8-0-1, 1 ND, 1 KO) will also face off in a rematch of their January bout that ended in a disqualification victory for Hernandez.
ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) takes place on Friday, March 13, from The Space at Westbury in Westbury, N.Y.