MIAMI — For the fourth time in just under a year, the “ShoBox: The New Generation” series will originate from Miami.
Bouts featuring eight fighters with a combined 95-4-3 record with 47 knockouts — including Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk of the Four State Franchise — will be part of a July 14 card at Buffalo Run Casino and Resort.
The earlier broadcasts were in April, February and September.
This will be the 11th time since the casino’s opening in 2003 that Showtime will originate its “TNG” series from Miami.
"Always great to come back to Buffalo Run where we have had some of our more memorable ShoBox fights," said ShoBox executive producer Gordon Hall. “We love the always enthusiastic and educated boxing crowd and look forward to another great performance from one of the best prospects in Ivan Baranchyk.”
Baranchyk returns from an injury layoff to face Keenan “Killer” Smith (11-0 with five knockouts) of Philadelphia in an eight-round super lightweight main event.
"I'm actually nervous about this fight because Ivan does well against fighters who come at him straight forward, this guy is a little slick, he's a mover,” promoter Tony Holden said.
Baranchyk, 24, fifth in the world at 140 by the IBF, hasn’t fought since Feb. 10, when he decisioned Abel Ramos for the USBA title in a brawl that many consider the fight of the year.
Smith also has been idle since April when he TKO’d Edgar Gabejan in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
“This guy, Ivan is going to have to hunt him down and he's a southpaw,” Holden said. "A lot of guys are saying this is a tough fight for Ivan, but I think Ivan is going to put him to sleep."
Other televised fights in an evening of the smaller guys have Kenneth Sims Jr. (12-0, 4 KOS) of Chicago vs. Rolando Chinea (14-1-1, 6 KOs) of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in another super lightweight battle; bantamweights Glenn Dezurn (9-0, 6 KOs) of Baltimore vs. Adam Lopez (16-1-1, 8 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas, and bantamweights Joshua Greer Jr. (13-1-1, 5 KOs) vs. Leroy Davila (5-1, 3 KOs) of New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Charles Conwell, the former Olympian who signed on with Holden and fellow promoter Lou DiBella earlier this year, will be on the card along with Four State Franchise teammate Kenzie Morrison.
Conwell improved to 3-0 Friday, June 10, when he decisioned Jeffrey Wright in a super welterweight fight at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York.
He picked up his first pro win in April at Buffalo Run then scored another TKO on May 16 in Brooklyn, New York.
Opponents for Conwell and Morrison have not been announced.
The doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and fights will starts at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are on sale at www.buffalorun.com.