MIAMI — A pair of undefeated boxers square off in the main event of Friday’s pro boxing card at Buffalo Run Casino and Resort.
Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk, who has adopted Miami as his new hometown, squares off against Keenan “Killer” Smith of Philadelphia during an eight-round super middleweight battle that caps off a “ShoBox: The New Generation” telecast.
Baranchyk will be joined on the card by Four State Franchise teammate Charles Conwell.
His opponent had not been pinned down by press time Monday afternoon.
It originally was noted in the weekend edition of the News-Record that he would fight Rick Graham in a four-round super welterweight clash, but that fell through.
“I’m happy to have the Four State Franchise back on ShoBox,” said Tony Holden, whose Holden Productions is co-promoting the event with Philadelphia-based GH3 Promotions. “I am happy to have my fighter Ivan Baranchyk in a real step-up bout against an undefeated fighter southpaw like Keenan Smith. I think this will be a great fight.”
The co-feature pits former national amateur champion Kenneth Sims Jr. (12-0, 4 KOs) against Rolando Chinea (14-1-1, 6 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight scrap.
In other fights on the “ShoBox” telecast, undefeated Glenn Dezurn (9-0, 6 KOs) will take on Adam Lopez (16-1-1, KOs) in an eight-round bantamweight clash and Joshua Greer (13-1-1, 5 KOs) battles Leroy Davila (5-1, 3 KOs) in an eight-round super bantamweight bout.
Baranchyk, ending a five-month stint on the disabled list, is 14-0 with 10 knockouts while Smith has five KOs among his 11 wins.
This will be the sixth time Baranchyk will be featured on “ShoBox” while Smith is making his second appearance.
Baranchyk’s last three wins have come by decision after running off nine straight knockouts.
He went the distance in wins against Wilberth Lopez and Zhimin Wang then topped Ramos in a battle that is a candidate for “Fight of the Year” honors.
“I am very excited and thankful for the opportunity to come back to fight on ShoBox again,” Baranchyk said. “Smith is a tough fighter and a ShoBox alum himself, so I will enjoy knocking him out.
Smith is a 2008 National Golden Gloves champion and 2007 Junior Olympic national champion.
"Camp has been good, and I had a lot of top-notch sparring," Smith said in a press release. "I have been doing a lot of strength and conditioning. This has been a wonderful camp, and on July 14th, the fans will see the best Keenan Smith."
"My confidence is at 100 percent.”
This will be Smith’s third fight of 2017, getting a referee technical decision over Marquis Hawthorne on Jan. 20 and a seventh-round TKO against Edgar Gabejan on April 22. Both fights were in in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Prior to the two other fights this year, Smith has been idle since a unanimous decision over Benjamin Whitaker in November 2015.
Smith took 2016 off while rehabbing from an ACL injury and the loss of both of his parents within six months of each other.
Smith went 72-4 as an amateur, including victories over WBC Continental Americas super lightweight champ Amir Iman (20-1, 17 KOs) and Abel Ramos, who lost a unanimous decision to Baranchyk in a brawl here in February.
“I know Baranchyk comes to fight, but I also know his weaknesses,” Smith said. “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.”
Smith is trained by his brother Lemar Smith, and is managed by Doc Nowicki and David Price.
The “ShoBox” telecast goes live at 9 p.m.
In other fights on the non-card, Antoine Douglas faces Bruno Sandoval with the WBA-NABA middleweight title up for grabs, and super middleweight Roshawn Jones goes up against an undetermined opponent.