Friday, July 25, 2014

Beltway Boxers Have ShoBox History!

As you may know, tonight's edition of Showtime's ShoBox: The New Generation is the 200th episode of the series.  Since the series began in 2001, Beltway Boxers have made an impact. With tonight's card, 16 locals have made 29 appearances on this series.

The first appearance for Beltway Boxers on ShoBox did not take place until five years after the series began.  On April 28, 2006, the Peterson Brothers fought on a card in New Town, ND. Lamont won a 10-round unanimous decision over Mario Ramos while Anthony stopped Jermaine White at the end of three rounds. Both Petersons would make one more successful appearance on ShoBox.

Three months later, on July 28, Henry Buchanan in the first of three high-profile appearances on the series, participated in the ShoBox Super Middleweight tournament in Las Vegas and won a 10-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Lucas Green Arias.  Later in the year, Buchanan would lose in the semifinals to Jean Paul Mendy.

In February of 2009, Buchanan would lose to future world champion Andre Ward by a 12-round unanimous decision in Lemoore, CA.

With three appearances, Buchanan is tied with Fernando Guerrero and Gary Russell, Jr. for the most times a Beltway Boxer has competed on ShoBox.  One of Guerrero's appearances was an all-Beltway showdown with Jessie Nicklow in December of 2009 in Hickley, MN. Guerrero stopped Nicklow in the fourth round.

Guerrero is the only local to bring a ShoBox card to the Beltway region.  On April 16, 2010, Guerrero brought a packed house to the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, MD to see him score a second-round TKO over Michael Walker.  Exactly three months later on July 16, Guerrero would win a tough 10-round unanimous decision over Ishe Smith in Southhaven, MS.

Russell, Jr. made his pro debut on a ShoBox card scoring a third round TKO over Antonio Reyes on January 16, 2009 in Tulsa, OK.  It would be three more years before Russell would reappear on the series.  Russell would score consecutive crushing third-round knockouts against Christopher Perez and Roberto Castaneda in June and November of 2012.

Joining the Petersons with two ShoBox appearances are Nicklow, Tim Coleman, Dominic Wade and with tonight's card, Antoine Douglas.  Nicklow's second appearance was a high-profile one in December of 2011 when he took on former world champion Jermain Taylor in Cabazon, CA.  Nicklow lost in a gutsy performance by eight-round TKO.

Locals who have made singular appearances on ShoBox are Tyrell Samuel, Seth Mitchell, Brandon Quarles, Alexander Johnson, Emmanuel Taylor, DeMarcus Corley and now, Jerry Odom and Cecil McCalla.

Beltway Boxers have a record of 16-9 going into tonight's action.

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