Updates story to include a change in opponents for Antoine Douglas, adds an opponent for Charles Conwell and adds that Isaiah Steen will be on the undercard.
MIAMI — Not only are the eight fighters who will be featured on the Friday, July 14 “ShoBox: The New Generation” at Buffalo Run Casino and Resort successful in the ring, they also are popular with Showtime matchmakers.
The eight — Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk, Keenan “Killer” Smith, Kenneth “Bossman” Sims Jr., Rolando “Iron Man” Chinea, Adam “Mantequilla” Lopez, Glenn “Dezfeared” Dezurn, Leroy “Lucious” Davila and Joshua “Don’t Blink” Greer — have a combined 94 wins and 23 appearances on a show that gives up-and-coming fighters worldwide exposure.
This will be the 12th time “ShoBox” has originated from Miami and the fourth in the past 11 months.
The earlier broadcasts were this year in April and February and September 2016.
"Always great to come back to Buffalo Run where we have had some of our more memorable ShoBox fights," ShoBox executive producer Gordon Hall said in June. “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 (14-0 with 10 knockouts) from Miami by way of Minsk, Byelorussia, faces Smith (11-0, five KOs) of Philadelphia in an eight-round super lightweight main event.
In the eight-round super lightweight co-feature, Sims (12-0, four KOs) of Chicago battles Chinea (14-1-1, six KOs) of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Rounding out the quadrupleheader are Dezurn (9-0, six KOs) of Baltimore vs. Lopez (16-1-1, one KO), San Antonio, Texas, by way of Phoenix, Arizona, in an eight-round bantamweight battle and super bantamweights Greer (13-1-1, five KOs) of Chicago vs. Davila (5-1, 3 KOs) of New Brunswick, New Jersey, in an eight-rounder.
This will be the sixth appearance for Lopez and the fifth for Four State Franchise member Baranchyk — with all five at Buffalo Run.
Smith, Dezurn, Davila, Sims and Chinea each are appearing for the second time.
According to Showtime press releases, 69 fighters who have appeared on ShoBox have advanced to win world titles, including former WBA World welterweight champ Paulie Malignaggi, who fought on a memorable April 12, 2002 card that was staged in downtown Miami.
Malignaggi improved to 7-0 with a unanimous decision over Sterling Gethers in a lightweight fight that had the Coleman Theatre as the backdrop.
Others include Errol Spence Jr., Andre Ward, Deontay Wilder, Erislandy Lara, Shawn Porter, Gary Russell Jr., Lamont Peterson, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Nonito Donaire, Devon Alexander, Carl Froch, Robert Guerrero, Timothy Bradley, Jessie Vargas, Juan Manuel Lopez, Chad Dawson, Ricky Hatton, Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams and Errol Spence Jr.
Dezurn narrowly posted a unanimous decision over Davila April 15 as part of a ShoBox tripleheader in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
All three judges scored the fight 78-74 in Dezurn’s favor.
Davila became the 162nd fighter to suffer his first defeat on the series.
There will be three other fights on the card, including an interesting 10-rounder that pits Antoine Douglas, Burke, Virginia (21-1-1, 15 KOs) against Juan De Angel, Barranquilla, Columbia (20-6, 18 KOs) in a battle that will determine the vacant WBA-NABA middleweight title.
Charles Conwell of the Four State Franchise will face Rick Graham (4-16-2) of Detroit in a four-round super welterweight fight.
Conwell, from Cleveland, is looking for his fourth win since his pro debut here on April 21 when he logged a first-round TKO against Jeremiah Page.
Since then, he’s had TKOs against Jeff Souffrant in Brooklyn, New York, and Jeffery Wright in Verona, New York.
Graham, who made his pro debut in 2013, has lost 11 of his last 12 fights. Ten of those have gone the distance, including a four-round major decision setback against Ryan Wilczak May 12 in Dickson City, Pennsylvania.
His lone win during the dry spell was a unanimous decision over Adam Ealoms on March 24 in Humble, Texas.
Conwell’s brother, middleweight Isaiah Steen (7-0, 6 KOs), also of Cleveland, will have the first fight of the night battling an undetermined foe in a four-rounder.
Steen got a fourth-round knockout against Larry Smith in his last outing on April 21 at Buffalo Run.
Holden Productions and GH3 Promotions are co-promoting the card.
The handful of tickets that remained as of Thursday afternoon were available at the Peoria Showplace either at the box office or online at stubwire.com.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and action starts at 7 p.m.
The Showtime telecast from the Peoria Showplace starts at 9 p.m.
Showtime is on Cable One channel 520, DirecTV channel 545 and Dish Network channel 318.