|SHOWTIME Boxing: Pedraza vs. Benitez & Cepeda vs. Russ
By Media Report on Doghouse Boxing (Oct 2, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
BLUE CHIP PROSPECT JOSE PEDRAZA VS. ALLAN BENITEZ
HEADLINE SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION
Plus, Battle of Unbeaten Middleweights
JONATHAN CEPEDA Vs. LAMAR RUSS
Friday, October 12
From The AMERISTAR CASINO
Live on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT
New York/St. Charles, Mo. (October
2, 2012) - On Friday, October 12, DiBella Entertainment will return to
the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles MO, with an exciting edition of ShoBox: The New Generation. Headlining the card will be Puerto Rican amateur star, and blue-chip prospect, Jose "Sniper" Pedraza (10-0, 6KO's) taking on Robert Garcia trained Allan Benitez (7-1, 1KO) in an eight-round lightweight matchup.
In the televised co-feature, undefeated up-and-coming prospects Jonathan Cepeda (12-0, 11KO's) and Lamar Russ (10-0, 6KO's) square off in an eight-round middleweight bout.
is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Gary Shaw
Productions, Universal Promotions and Rumble Time Promotions. SHOWTIME® will begin live coverage at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Also featured on the ShoBox telecast
will be highlights of former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain
"Bad Intentions" Taylor (30-4-1, 18KO's) in his bout versus Raul Munoz
(21-15-1, 16KO's), a ten-round middleweight matchup which will take
place earlier in the evening.
|Jose Pedraza (L) vs. Allan Benitez
just 23 years old, Pedraza is one of the highest regarded prospects in
all of boxing. Pedraza's stellar amateur career saw him represent his
native Puerto Rico in the 2008 Olympics and win a silver medal at the
2009 Amateur World Championships, before turning pro in February 2011
with a first-round TKO over Felix Rivera. His bout against Benitez will
be his second on SHOWTIME, but the first as the featured bout of the
"After my last fight
against Valderrama (August 31), I only rested for a week and then got
straight back in the gym," said Pedraza. "For this fight the training
has been very intense. I have sparred with former world title contender
Mario Santiago, world champion 'Rocky' Martinez and Luis Rosario, who is
a very good amateur boxer. I am looking forward to putting on a great
performance on the 12th and taking another step towards fulfilling my ultimate goal of winning a world championship."
A native of Mexico, now
living and training with Garcia in the boxing hotbed of Oxnard, Calif.,
Benitez has rattled off seven wins in a row after dropping his pro-debut
in a close four-round decision. Benitez last saw action in August of
this year, winning an exciting six-round unanimous decision over Osnel
Charles at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.
|Jonathan Cepeda (L) vs. Lamar Russ
Cepeda had a limited but
successful amateur career, sporting a 22-3 record with all three losses
coming against former blue-chip prospect Danny Jacobs. Cepeda competed
in the National Golden Gloves and twice won the Florida Golden Gloves
tournament. Since turning pro, Cepeda has impressed in each and every
outing. With devastating power in both hands and an aggressive
seek-and-destroy mentality, Cepeda has the ability to end a fight with
Russ was an accomplished
amateur, winning the North Carolina State title six times, before
turning pro in 2009. At just 25 years old, Russ is just coming into his
own as a professional. Like Cepeda, Russ is a come-forward fighter who
likes to press the action and mix it up with his opponent. Russ is
coming off his most impressive victory to date; a fourth-round TKO over
previously unbeaten (13-0) Jose Alonzo. Prior to his bout with Alonzo,
Russ won a six-round unanimous decision over Marcus Upshaw.
Taylor returned to the ring
in December of last year. In his most recent outing, he won a 10-round
unanimous decision over previously undefeated Caleb Truax. Taylor, who
is currently rated number six in the WBC, eight in the WBO and 14 in the
IBF, is working his way back into title contention and hopes to get
another shot at the coveted middleweight championship sometime in 2013.
event is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Gary
Shaw Productions, Universal Promotions and Rumble Time Promotions.
Tickets are priced at $100, $75 and $40 and can be purchased through the
Ameristar Casino or by calling (314) 267-2204. Doors open at 5:30PM
with the first bout scheduled for 6PM
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