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Up-and-coming middleweight prospect Mike Jones (21-0, 17 KOs) will make his SHOWTIME debut against the tough Puerto Rican Irving Garcia (17-4-3, 8 KOs) in the 12-round main event of Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation event live at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) on SHOWTIME®. Jones is ranked among the Top 10 welterweights by all four major world sanctioning bodies in one of boxing’s deepest divisions: #2 by the WBO, #3 by the WBA; #7 by the IBF and the WBC. Miami’s Antwone Smith (18-1-1, 10 KOs) and Lanardo Tyner (23-3, 14 KOs) will face off in a 10-round welterweight fight in the ShoBox co-feature.
What the fighters had to say on Thursday:
“He’s (Garcia) a good fighter but I come to win.”
“I am in the best physical shape. I’m planning to give the fight of my life.”
“I wish him the best of luck. It should be a great, all-action fight.”
“I just hope he (Smith) wants it as bad as I want it.”
The fight is being promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions in association with DiBella Entertainment and will take place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.
Curt Menefee will call the action from ringside with Steve Farhood and Antonio Tarver serving as expert analysts. The executive producer of ShoBox is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Chuck McKean directing.