Jordan White to face Eridson Garcia, on ShoBox, August 4
Junior lightweight prospects Jordan White and Eridson Garcia will square off on August 4, it was announced late Thursday afternoon.
The 10-round bout will take place at Wind Greek Event Center, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and will headline a three-bout “ShoBox: The New Generation” telecast (Showtime, 9 pm ET/ 6 pm PT).
“ShoBox is a developmental series that prides itself on uncovering today’s top prospects who are looking to become tomorrow’s world champions,” said Gordon Hall, executive producer for ShoBox. “The ceiling is high for these young and talented fighters trying to raise their profiles on ShoBox. Credit to the returning fighters for continuing to seek out the toughest challenges and good luck to the fighters experiencing ShoBox for the first time.”
White (14-1, 10 knockouts), who resides in Washington, D.C., is himself a ShoBox returnee. That fight took place on March 10, 2021. White stopped Misael Lopez in the sixth round.
It will be almost a year since White last fought. That occurred on August 6, when White defeated Derrick Murray by unanimous decision.
The 25-year-old suffered a setback in his fifth pro fight, a unanimous decision loss to Adam Lopez, in May 2017, but he has won his last 10 bouts. White may respect Garcia’s skill-set but believes he is capable of sending a message to the rest of the junior lightweight division.
“This is my time but Garcia is coming into our territory,” said White, who notched wins as an amateur over Vergil Ortiz Jr. and Brandun Lee. “He is another in front of me on the way to where I need to be. A win over Garcia gets me ranked high in the WBC [rankings] and another big opportunity on Showtime to be able to showcase all my skills. I will show the world what they have been missing.”
Garcia (17-0, 11 KOs) is also coming off a long layoff, having not fought since stopping Gabriel Smith, in the seventh round, on August 13 of last year. In his previous fight, on March 5 of last year, the Dominican-born Garcia knocked out Rafael Reyes in the first round.
The 29-year-old also has victories over once-beaten D’Angelo Keyes and Armando Frausto. Garcia is looking to further solidify his standing as one to watch at 130 pounds.
“I feel great about this fight on August 4,” said Garcia, who is promoted by Forris Washington. “I have been watching videos on White and he looks like a good fighter. I feel extremely grateful, happy and excited about fighting on Showtime. This is the biggest fight of my career. This is a steppingstone to enhance my career and it’s a great opportunity to show everybody what a great fighter I am.”
In the co-feature, Paul Kroll and Guido Schramm will square off in an eight-round junior middleweight bout.Both Kroll and Schramm have appeared on previous ShoBox telecasts.
Kroll (10-0-1, 6 KOs), who resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, defeated journeyman Eduardo Reyes, by unanimous decision, in a stay-busy fight on May 27. The 27-year-old fought to a draw against Marquis Taylor in his previous fight, on February 18 of last year, which occurred on a ShoBox card.
During his ShoBox appearance, Schramm (16-1-1, 9 KOs) rallied in his most recent bout, on April 7, to defeat Jahyae Brown by majority decision. The Argentine-born Schramm, who is promoted by Sampson Lewkowicz, has won his last three bouts since a unanimous decision loss to once-beaten Cristian Ayala on March 11 of last year.
In the opening bout of the Showtime telecast, hard-hitting Julian Gonzalez (10-0-1, 9 KOs), of Reading, Pennsylvania, will face Pittsburgh’s Johnny Spell (8-0, 4 KOs) in an eight-round junior lightweight bout.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He can be reached at [email protected]. You can also follow Francisco on Twitter @FSalazarBoxing.