By Francisco Salazar
Since its inception in July of 2001, ShoBox has provided thrills, upsets, and sensational knockouts.
During this time period, a number of world title holders at least made an appearance on the popular series, including Ricky Hatton, Timothy Bradley, Robert Guerrero, and Chad Dawson.
The 199th broadcast of ShoBox is set forth is Friday, featuring unbeaten prospects Errol Spence and Dominic Wade fighting Ronald Cruz and Nick Brinson, respectively.
While the broadcast will showcase those two fights, the 200th broadcast of ShoBox will feature more fights, with a potpourri of potential contenders and prospects still trying to prove themselves.
Four fights will be televised live on Showtime on July 25. In the main event, unbeaten Antoine Douglas will fight Michel Soro in a 10 round bout.
The bout, along with the rest of card, will take place at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY.
Douglas (14-0, 9 KOs), from Burke, VA, stopped Luca Messi in the second round of his last fight on April 4. He made his network debut on January 17, when he won a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Marquis Davis.
Originally from the Ivory Coast, Soro (23-1, 13 KOs) knocked out Alexey Ribchevon June 7 in his hometown of Villeurbanne, Rhone, France.
Rounding out the telecast are three eight round bouts.
Welterweight Chris Van Heerden of South Africa will fight and unbeaten Cecil McCalla.
Van Heerden (22-1, 12 KOs), who now resides in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Monica, won a 10 round split decision over Ray Narh on April 16. He has won his last seven bouts in a row and has served as a sparring partner for Miguel Cotto and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
McCalla (18-0, 6 KOs) will take a major step up in opposition when he faces Van Heerden. In his last bout on April 18, McCalla won a six round unanimous decision over Antonio Chaves Hernandez. In 18 bouts as a pro, he has only fought in two eight-round bouts.
Once-beaten junior middleweights Steven Martinez (15-1, 12 KOs) and John Thompson (14-1, 5 KOs) square off, along with Unbeaten super middleweights Jerry Odom (11-0, 10 KOs) and Vilier Quinonez (8-0, 5 KOs).
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star, RingTV, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing