This story has been changed to delete reference to an opponent for Charles Conwell. 7/6/2017, 8:45 p.m.
MIAMI — The non-televised portion of the Friday, July 14 boxing card at Buffalo Run Casino could be as interesting as the four fights that will air on “ShoBox: The New Generation.”
World ranked middleweight Antoine Douglas and Bruno Sandoval square off in a 10-rounder for NABA and WBC Central American Boxing Federation (FECARBOX) middleweight titles.
Douglas (21-1-1 with 15 knockouts) has scored back-to-back KO victories since suffering his only professional loss on March 5, 2016.
He won the WBC FECARBOX middleweight title on March 27, 2017 with a second-round knockout over Eduardo Mercedes.
"Everything has been going well in camp. I have had good sparring, and I feel stronger," Douglas said in a press release. "I know a little about Sandoval, I know he is tall and has a good record. I am just going with the flow, and taking one bout at a time. I am ready to get back to where I was, and I am on the road to being on top."
"We are excited about Antoine's progress since he came back," Vito Mielnicki of GH3 Promotions said in the release. "If he wins on July 14th, he will be ranked in two organizations, and we hope to have him back in a significant bout in the early fall. As we have said time and again, we have not seen the best Antoine Douglas. He is still just 24 years old, and when it is all said and done, his loss will just be a blip on his career record. There is a lot of opportunity in the middleweight division, and on July 14, Antoine will take another big step to securing a big fight."
He’s 1-1-1 in his last three outings.
Two members of the Four State Franchise will be in action on the card.
A Mexico City native, Sandoval suffered just his second loss on Dec. 30 when Ryota Murata in Tokyo knocked him out.
The draw came against Humberto Velasco on June 16, 2016 in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Two members of the Four State Franchise will be action during the July 14 show.
Adopted Miamian Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk (15-0, 10 KOs) ends a five-month injury layoff when he tackles Keenan Smith (11-0, 5 KOs) in an eight-round battle of undefeated super lightweight fighters that headlines the “ShoBox” quadrupleheader.
And Cleveland native Charles Conwell looks for his fourth straight win since turning pro. His opponent in a four-round super welterweight fight is yet to be determined.
The four televised fights feature boxers with a combined 94-4 record.
Baranchyk, making his fifth “ShoBox” appearance, hasn’t seen action since Feb. 10, when he decisioned Abel Ramos in a fight that saw Baranchyk suffer arm and leg injuries.
“I am very excited and thankful for the opportunity to come back to fight on ShoBox again,” he said in a Showtime press release. “Smith is a tough fighter and a ShoBox alum himself, so I will enjoy knocking him out.
“I’m not going to downplay him – he is a good opponent,” Baranchyk said “I’ll be alert and I’ll pay attention to what he brings on, but I’m battle-tested. He hasn’t faced anybody like me. I’ll gladly hand him his first loss and move a step closer in my pursuit of a world title.”
Smith, the 2008 National Golden Gloves champion and 2007 Junior Olympic national champion, was 72-4 as an amateur. One of his amateur wins was against Ramos.
“This is a very big fight for me, perhaps the biggest fight of my career,” Smith said in the Showtime release. “I’m stepping up in opposition and I’m ready for what’s to come. I am training three times a day and I’m in the best shape of my life.
“I know Baranchyk comes to fight, but I also know his weaknesses. I’m ready for his wild swings. I’m ready to be the main event in a nationally televised fight. Needless to say, a win will bring bigger and even better opportunities. I can’t wait.”
In co-featured bouts, Kenneth Sims, Jr. (12-0, 4 KOs) battles Rolando Chinea (14-1-1, 6 KOs) in a junior welterweight bout, and Glenn Dezurn (9-0, 6 KOs) takes on Adam Lopez (16-1-1, 8 KOs) in a super bantamweight fight.
A super bantamweight fight that pits Joshua Greer (13-1-1, 5 KOs) against LeRoy Davila (5-1, 3 KOs) opens the TV show.
Tickets remain for the show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Jim Ellis is sports editor of the Miami News-Record. He can be reached by phone at 918-542-5508, ext. 3052, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @mnrnsportsguy.