Middleweight: The Best American Prospects

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FROM SHOWTIME BOXING ANALYST STEVE FARHOOD

Tonight, Antoine Douglas headlines ShoBox: The New Generation from Westbury, N. Y.

This will be Douglas’ third appearance on ShoBox.

Douglas is 22-years-old, unbeaten, and among the most attractive U.S. prospects in the game.

Four promising home-grown middleweight prospects:

HUGO CENTENO, 24-years-old, 22-0, 1 NC: Has rebounded strongly from his disappointing performance against Julian Williams. Kayo of James De La Rosa in December was eye-opening.

ANTOINE DOUGLAS, 22-years-old, 16-0-1: Exciting style. We’ll see if he learned from his draw with Michel Soro, a fight in which Douglas faded late.

TONY HARRISON, 24-years-old, 20-0: Many could argue he’s more of a junior middleweight. Has looked good in dispatching a string of faded veterans in Bronco McKart, Tyrone Brunson, Grady Brewer and Antwone Smith.

DOMINIC WADE, 24-years-old, 17-0: Heavy-handed puncher who looked good, but not outstanding, in most notable win, vs. Nick Brinson. Has already gotten off the floor to win (vs. Dashon Johnson).

Behind the Scenes with ShoBox: Photos from June 6 with Centeno Jr, Ibarra, Gomez, and Santana

Hugo Centeno Jr. Remains Undefeated. Francisco Santana Outpoints Previously Unbeaten Eddie Gomez

Hugo Centeno vs Gerardo IbarraPhoto: Esther Lin / SHOWTIME

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

Middleweight Champion Peter Quillin and Former Champ & Showtime Analyst Paulie Malignaggi Assess Undefeated Prospect Hugo Centeno, Jr.

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Undefeated middleweight prospect Hugo Centeno Jr., faces unbeaten, late-replacement Gerardo Ibarra this Friday, June 6, in the ShoBox: The New Generation (10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®) main event, but he’s already received the stamp of approval from stablemates Peter Quillin and Paulie Malignaggi.

“He’s very confident and talented as a contender,” said the undefeated Quillin, the WBO Middleweight World Champion.  “He has that mentality to become a champ and he comes and brings it every time I spar with him.  He’s the type of guy where I have to be worried that one day that he can fight for my belt.” Continue reading

All-American 154-Pounders

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From Showtime Boxing Analyst Steve Farhood
Undefeated junior middleweight Hugo Centeno Jr. fights on ShoBox this Friday night. He’ll be jockeying for position in a loaded division.

The following junior middleweights are all American, all young and unbeaten, and with the exception of Domonique Dolton, have been recently featured on ShoBox, Showtime Championship Boxing, or ShoExtreme.

FIGHTER RECORD AGE STATUS
Hugo Centeno Jr. 20-0 23 ShoBox on June 6
Jermall Charlo 18-0 24 Won on ShoExtreme 4/26/14
Jermell Charlo 24-0 24 Won on SCB 5/24/14
Domonique Dolton 14-0 24
Frank Galarza 14-0-2 28 Won on ShoBox 5/16/14
Tony Harrison 18-0 23  
Chris Pearson 11-0 23 Won on ShoBox 2/28/14
Julian Williams 16-0-1 24 Won on ShoExtreme 5/24/14

Undefeated Middleweight Hugo Centeno Jr. Set for June 6 ShoBox

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Press Release
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.”
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