Four unbeaten prospects in action on first ShoBox of 2016
Four fighters will put their unbeaten records on the line during the first “ShoBox: The New Generation” broadcast on Jan. 22.
Unbeaten middleweight prospect Rob Brant will fight Decarlo Perez in the 10-round main event at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Ariz.
The bout will top a four-bout broadcast that will air live on Showtime, beginning at 10:35 p.m. ET/ 7:35 p.m. PT.
Unbeaten prospects Jarrell Miller, Harmonito Dela Torre, and Bakhtiyar Eyubov will also see action in eight round bouts.
Brant (18-0, 11 KOs) won a close 10-round majority decision win over Louis Rose in his last bout on Oct. 23. The win snapped a streak of five consecutive knockout wins for Brant.
Originally from Saint Paul, Minn., Brant, who was a 2010 National Golden Gloves champion, trains in the Dallas area with unbeaten Errol Spence.
“I’m really excited about this fight and I’ve been training hard for several weeks now,” Brant said, who lost three bouts in the World Series of Boxing. “I’ve got a very serious opponent in front of me. I’ve got to go back to pure boxing for this one. I have to be better in every department. It’s my second time headlining ShoBox and I plan on improving from the first time, so viewers can chart my progress.”
“This is my time to show my growth.”
Perez (15-3-1, 5 KOs) has won nine of his last 10 bouts, including his last four in a row. In his last bout on Aug. 28, Perez won a 10 round unanimous decision over Juan Ubaldo Cabrera in Las Vegas, Nev.
The 24-year-old Perez will repeatedly spar with unbeaten Julian Williams in preparation for Brant.
“I’m so excited I’m the main event on national television,” said Perez, who is a pharmacy technician in Atlantic City, N.J. “I don’t know a lot about my opponent but I’m well prepared, both mentally and physically. I plan on giving the fans an exciting night.”
Heavyweight Jarrell Miller will fight former amateur standout Donovan Dennis.
In his last bout on Oct. 23, Miller (15-0-1, 13 KOs) knocked out Akhor Muralimov in the third round in Phoenix, Ariz. Miller has won his last 11 bouts in a row since fighting to a draw against fringe contender Joey Dawejko.
Dennis (12-2, 10 KOs) was stopped in his last fight at the hands of Andrey Fedosov on May 22 in Corona, Calif. The bout culminated the ESPN 2015 Boxcino Tournament.
In other eight round bouts:
– Lightweight Harmonito Dela Torre (17-0, 12 KOs) of the Philippines will make his United States debut when he faces Rafael Guzman (16-1-1, 10 KOs).
– Opening the Showtime broadcast will be junior welterweight Bakhtiyar Eyubov (9-0, 9 KOs) of Kazakhstan against Jared Robinson (16-2-1, 7 KOs).
2016 marks the 15th year of Showtime airing the popular “ShoBox” series.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing