Welterweights Antwone Smith, of Miami, FL, and Lanardo Tyner, of Houston, TX, will meet in a scheduled 10-round fight as on Friday evening, July 9, in the ballroom at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. Along with the main event featuring Mike Jones vs. Irving Garcia, this card will give boxing fans a chance to witness the progress of the two best United States-based welterweight prospects, Jones and Smith. Showtime will televise the two main fights as part of its popular ShoBox series, The New Generation.
First of eight fights is 8.30 pm.
Smith, 23, is 18-1-1, 10 K0s, and he is rated No. 13 by the IBF. A pro since 2006, Smith has defeated Jerome Ellis, Norberto Gonzalez, Richard Gutierrez and Henry Crawford.
In his last fight April 10 in Sunrise, FL, Smith knocked out Franklin Gonzalez with a body shot in the third round on the Andre Berto-Carlos Quintana card.
Tyner, 34, is 23-3, 14 K0s. Originally from Detroit, Tyner turned pro in 2004 and has beaten Kenny Abril, Leo Martinez and Gilbert Venegas. He also went 12 hard rounds with Mexican knockout sensation Saul Alvarez, losing by decision last year in Mexico.
This is a big fight for both men since Showtime would like to match the winner with the winner of the Jones-Garcia contest.
At stake in the Jones-Garcia bout will be Jones’ North American Boxing Association (NABA) and North American Boxing Organization (NABO) titles.
Jones, 27, is 21-0, 17 K0s, and he is ranked among the Top 10 welterweights by all four major world sanctioning bodies: No. 3 WBO; No. 5 WBA; No. 7 IBF; No. 7 WBC.
Garcia, 31, should be Jones’ toughest test. His 17-4-3 record includes eight knockouts.
The July 9 card is being promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., in association with DiBella Entertainment and Caesars Atlantic City.
Tickets priced at $50, $75 and $100 are on sale at the offices of Peltz Boxing Promotions (215-765-0922) and all Ticketmaster outlets (800-736-1420). They also can be purchased at Boardwalk Hall and online at www.peltzboxing.com and www.Ticketmaster.com.