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Seeger returns after tragedy

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

In the co-featured event tomorrow/Friday, Oct. 23, on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), Al Seeger will return to the ring for the time since last April 30 when his fight with Benjamin Flores ended tragically. Flores passed away five days afterward from head injuries sustained during the match. “If I or any fighter said something like that doesn’t play on your mind, or doesn’t take a toll on you, it’d be a lie,’’ Seeger said. “I have not said a prayer since that fight that doesn’t include me praying for the entire Flores family. I will always pray for them, just like I pray for my family. “I stayed in close touch with a few people after the fight and I spoke with his brother. I won’t say it’s behind me totally and I can’t say if it will make me less a fighter, although I don’t think it will. But what I do know, for sure, is that it has made me a better man.”

In a battle of world-ranked contenders, Seeger (28-4, 22 KOs), of Savannah, Ga., will defend his NABF super bantamweight title against undefeated Victor Fonseca (16-0, 8 KOs) of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, in a 10-round fight in the opening bout of the ShoBox telecast. Seeger is rated No. 10 in the WBC while Fonseca is ranked No. 7 in the IBF and No. 8 in the WBA.

Damian Frias (16-1, seven KOs), of Miami, Fla., will risk his WBC Latino welterweight belt against Freddy Hernandez (25-1, 18 KOs), of Lynwood, Calif., in a solid matchup in the ShoBox main event.

Tickets, starting at $10, are on sale at the Laredo Entertainment Center box office. The first live, non-televised fight begins at 8 p.m. CT.

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