CLEVELAND, Ohio — Four State Franchise member Charles Conwell gets to fight at home Friday, Nov. 10 — and on national television to boot.
Conwell will lead off a ShoBox: The New Generation telecast when he faces Roque "Rocky" Zapata in a super middleweight six-rounder from the Masonic Temple in Cleveland.
"It means the world to me that I can fight at home and show everyone what they've been missing,” the former Olympian said in a press release. “Last time I fought here (in Cleveland) was in 2015.”
The main event on the ShoBox telecast features Luis Rosa Jr. and Yuandale Evans in a 10-round featherweight battle.
Also on the TV card will be undefeated Russian standout Radzhab Butaev, who takes on Colombia's Janer Gonzalez in an eight-round welterweight matchup, and New Zealand's undefeated Junior Fa facing former Golden Gloves champion Fred Latham in an eight-round heavyweight bout.
"I'm thrilled to be fighting at home for the first time as a professional and on ShoBox," said Conwell. "I can't wait to put on a great performance for the Cleveland fans and those seeing me for the first time on national television."
Conwell, who celebrated his 20th birthday on Nov. 2, is 5-0, all coming by technical knockout.
Three of his fights have been at Buffalo Run Casino and Resort.
Conwell stopped Rey Trujillo at the 32-second mark of the second round in his last outing on Aug. 25 that was part of a card that originated from downtown Miami.
"I feel no pressure fighting at home or on Showtime,” Conwell said. “After fighting in the Olympics, I'm ready for anything."
Conwell was a member of the 2016 USA Olympic boxing team.
He was the National Golden Gloves champion in 2015 and was 134-14 as an amateur.
"I've heard from many of my Olympic teammates this week and I'm excited to show them how I look as a professional,” Conwell said. “I'm looking forward to showing my skills to all the boxing fans around the world.”
Zapata, 21, is a native of Panama City, Panama, but now is fighting out of Culpepper, Virginia.
He’s 4-1-3 since turning pro March 12, 2016. He is currently working on a three-fight winning streak after losing a unanimous decision to Amonte Eberhardt on June 28, 2016.
Zapata pinned the first loss on Justin Steave on June 24, 2017, in Pittsburgh.
"This fight with Charles Conwell is an exciting challenge for me,” Zapata said in the release. “He had a great amateur career and he made the Olympic team. I've been offered to fight him twice, but at the time I was injured and had to decline.”
"I know Rocky is a tough fighter, he's beat a couple prospects and he'll be coming to win,” Conwell said. "It should be an entertaining, good fight. I'm ready to go and hopefully close the show early. I'm ready for all six or a first-round knockout.”