Since its inception in July 2001, ShoBox: The New Generation has produced 54 world champions, an average of more than one every four telecasts. The critically acclaimed, prospect-orientated series is also a testing ground for undefeated fighters, who frequently are matched against their toughest foes to date.
Friday on SHOWTIME® from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., two more previously unbeaten fighters lost, bringing to 120 the number of boxers who suffered their first defeats on ShoBox. Continue reading
For Eddie Gomez, tonight’s match with Francisco Santana represents an unusual challenge for undefeated prospects — risking his undefeated record on the road against a hometown fighter with a worse record.
Gomez, born and bred in the Bronx, has fought his last six fights in “The City” but here he will be traveling to Indio, Calif. to battle a 19-3-1 foe who has fought only two outside his native California — and one who is riding a seven-fight winning streak. The psychological challenges of confronting a hostile crowd combined with the lift they will give Santana creates a dynamic that could even up the odds in a fight that Gomez otherwise would be heavily favored to win.
What can fight fans expect when Eddie Gomez and Francisco Santana step into the ring tonight? Check out the SHOSTATS® historical comparison report for both fighters calculated from Gomez’s past 3 fights and Santana’s past bout against Jermell Charlo.
Prediction: Both are coming into the bout with a winner’s mindset: Gomez has won all 16 fights so far while Santana is fighting before his home fans and is riding the second longest win streak of his career (the longest was his 8-0 start). Gomez has shown himself to be an effective fighter no matter what pace he sets while Santana has had problems getting over the hump against his better opponents. Therefore, home ring advantage won’t have much an effect. Gomez will probably win by decision but don’t be surprised if he scores the TKO if he hurts Santana, for he does finish what he starts.
The acclaimed SHOWTIME Sports series ShoBox: The New Generation returns on Friday, June 6, with what promises to be a thrilling doubleheader featuring the top young talent for which the series is known. Televised live on SHOWTIME from the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., the 10-round main event will feature undefeated California middleweight Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr. against fellow unbeaten Domonique “3D” Dolton of Detroit.
UPDATE (5/30/14) Undefeated Domonique Dolton suffered a hand injury in training and has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming fight with Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr. As a result, undefeated Houston, Texas’ Gerardo Ibarra will step in to take Dolton’s place in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation, Friday, June 6, live on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.
Gerardo “Tin Tin” Ibarra (14-0, 8 KOs), 5-foot-9, 23-year-old boxer-puncher, is taking a huge leap in class for this 10-round middleweight bout, his first major opportunity as a professional. He is coming off an eight-round shutout decision win over William Johnson last Feb. 15.
Before turning pro in July 2008, Ibarra was a solid amateur, going 120-23, while winning and competing in tournaments in America and abroad. He won in the 2005 National Junior Olympic tournament, defeating undefeated pro Gary Russell Jr. along the way.
“To put it simply, I love fighting,’’ the confident, determined Ibarra said. “Boxing is about opportunities and this is a great platform to showcase my talent on a national network and I promise that after the fight everyone will know who “TinTin” is.”