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After more than a month’s hiatus, the first Showtime boxing telecast of 2014 kicks off tonight in downtown Memphis. In the main event, hard-hitting lightweight Ivan “The Terrible” Redkach (15-0, 13 KOs) puts his undefeated record on the line against once-beaten Tony “Lightning” Luis (17-1, 7 KOs).
“I feel that it is the biggest of my career,” said Redkach. “I am facing a very good opponent who I know is coming to win. I appreciate the nice things people say about me, but boxing is my life and I put pressure on myself to be a world champion someday. I watch tape every day because I know there is still a lot of work for me to do. I am very focused. I want to perform well on SHOWTIME because if you don’t perform well on television you don’t always get invited back. I always want to finish my opponents because I know they are trying to take something away from me.”
Luis stated, “This fight means everything to me. I know I can’t afford another loss on television, I can’t afford another loss – period. We all know about my opponent, but I have more experience and have been places as a pro that he hasn’t. There’s no denying his power or ability, but he hasn’t fought the caliber of me.”
Also featured are three televised eight-rounders between six undefeated up-and-comers. jr middleweight John “Apollo Kidd” Thompson (14-0, 5 KOs) faces “The Brooklyn Rocky” Frank “Notorious” Galarza (11-0-2, 7 KOs), middleweight Antoine “Action” Douglas (11-0, 7 KOs) meets Marquis “MD Goodnite” Davis (8-0-2, 5 KOs) and jr welter Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (12-0-1, 9 KOs) will be opposed by Abel Ramos (8-0, 4 KOs).