VERONA, N.Y. Ė Undefeated middleweight prospect Antoine Douglas weighed in at 155 Ĺ pounds and once-beaten, former world title challenger Michel Soro tipped the scales at the contracted weight of 157 pounds during Thursdayís official weigh-in for Fridayís landmark telecast of ShoBox: The New Generation, live on SHOWTIMEģ at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
The 21-year-old Douglas (14-0, 9 KOs), of Washington, D.C., will take on his toughest test to date against the experienced Soro (23-1, 13 KOs), of France by way of Ivory Coast, in the 10-round middleweight main event from Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, N.Y.† Soro, 26, will be making his U.S. debut but has won five bouts in a row since dropping a close decision to defending junior middleweight world champion Zaurbek Baysangurov in 2012.
The eight-round co-feature showcases a matchup of undefeated-yet-untested prospects with hard-hitting super middleweight prospect Jerry Odom (11-0, 10 KOs), of Washington, D.C., taking on Cuban amateur standout Vilier Quinonez (8-0, 5 KOs), of Miami by way of Cuba.† Odom and Quinonez both weighed-in at 167 pounds.
Undefeated welterweight Cecil McCalla (18-0, 6 KOs), of Randallstown, Md., tipped the scales at 147 pounds and Oscar Godoy (13-2, 6 KOs), of Watsonville, Calif., measured 146 pounds for their eight-round welterweight bout.
Facing off in the eight-round opening bout of the telecast is unbeaten lightweight Wanzell Ellison (11-0-1, 5 KOs), of Newark, N.J., and twice-beaten Tony Luis (17-2, 7 KOs), of Ontario, Canada.† Ellison weighed in at 133 pounds while Luis measured 135 pounds.
Hereís what the fighters had to say at Thursdayís weigh-in:
ďOn the stats sheet he [Soro] might be my toughest opponent to date but I donít see it like that.
ďHe [Soro] can say what he wants, but heís never been in the ring with Antoine ďActionĒ Douglas before.† Iíll show him what itís like to face the real deal.
ďIím not concerned with going the distance.† Iím a professional athlete and I have to be prepared for anything that they throw at me.† Going 10 rounds comes with the territory.† Iíve been ready for eight, 10, 12 rounds, you name it, Iím ready.
ďYou never know whatís going to happen next.† Thatís what makes boxing great.† Thereís always a surprise.Ē
ďThis is my first time fighting in the United States, and Iíd be lying if I say I donít feel I have to knock him out.† Heís at home and Iím not. I feel that if I knock him out, the people in the U.S. will accept me more, so Iíll be looking for the knockout.
ďDouglas has never faced somebody as tough as I am. He doesnít know what he is in for.
ďThe fact that Douglas has never gone over 10 rounds and Iíve done 12 several times is definitely an advantage for me.† Iím far more experienced than he is.
ďItís a huge opportunity to fight on ShoBox.† Everybody back in France knows about SHOWTIME.† My family and friends are proud of me.† And the fact Iíll be on national television in the United States makes me feel proud of my achievements.
ďThis is my first fight as a middleweight, but Iím not concerned about moving up in weight class.† Iíve trained as a middleweight, Iíve sparred with middleweights.† My natural weight is super welterweight, but Iím ready for Douglas.† Iím happy and eager to go through with this challenge. ď
ďHim knocking out [Edgar] Perez has nothing to do with tomorrow night.† He knocked him out, thatís fine.† But Iím not that person.† He hasnít been in the ring with anyone like me before.
ďIs he my toughest opponent? Of course not.† This guy hasnít been in the ring with me.† He doesnít know what I bring to the table.† Itís going to be a short night.Ē
ďThis is going to be a tough fight; we are both undefeated so weíre both hoping to keep our records intact.† But the victory is going to be mine; Iím going to be the one that walks out undefeated.
ďI havenít had an opponent that has given me tough opposition. But if I had to choose my toughest opponent was, I would say Eddie Tigs, who I fought back in August of 2012. It was a four-rounder and I remember I thought he was a good boxer.
ďThis is my first time fighting an eight-rounder and Iím confident I can go the distance. Iím ready.† The distance doesnít worry me because I can adapt well to anything my opponent brings in the ring.
ďI feel that when my opposition is better, then I perform better. Tough opposition brings the best out of me.
ďEverything I have I owe to my trainer and the art of the Cuban school of boxing, and the result is a fighter that is at the top of his game.† Iím confident, Iím ready and Iím not intimidated by my opponent.Ē
ďIím not worried about this guy; heís never faced anyone like me before.
ďIíve been eight rounds three times and have been sparring 14 rounds in training camp.† There is nothing this guy can bring in the ring that I havenít seen before.
ďWeíre not looking past this guy, but Iím ready for the big guys in this division that are already there Ė Keith Thurman, Andre Berto.† Itís taken me a while to get this opportunity and itís finally here.
ďIím really excited to be a part of this big event Ėitís a huge opportunity.† Iím here to put on a show.Ē
ďFighting on the road doesnít make me nervous, it motivates me more because it shows to all the fans that I can come to someoneís turf and be successful, get a win.
ďIím not coming out there looking for a knockout.† I think I can win convincingly by decision.
ďI was already training when I got the call for this fight.† I thought, Ďhey, thatís an opportunity to fight on national TV and we have to jump on it.í
ďThis is my first time on SHO and Iím excited because I always grew up watching SHOWTIME.† And I told myself I have to be on there one day.† Dreams come true when you work hard.
ďI think heís the toughest opponent that Iíve faced, but I also think Iím the toughest guy that heís faced.† Itís just going to come down to who wants it more.† We both want to win this fight to move onto bigger and better things, so thatís why I think this is going to be a good fight.Ē
ďI donít know too much about my opponent.† There wasnít much footage on him, but he looks pretty basic.† He doesnít seem to be as quick as I am or as slick as I am so Iím not worried about much.
ďHis record may be a step up but Iím not worried about him.† Iíve been in this game for a while and been in there with decent people.† Iíve also been in camp with some big names, Zab Judah, Kendall Holt, and I donít anyone is punching as hard as Kendall Holt.† Heís a KO artist.† So Iím feeling real confident for this fight.
ďI just have to stay calm, relaxed and keep my composure and stick to the game plan.† Sometimes I get caught up in banging out with my opponents.† But as long as I stay calm and relaxed and slick then everything should just flow fluidly.Ē
ďI saw Ellisonís last fight three months ago and I saw a talented and aggressive fighter. So Iím expecting a good and competitive fight.
ďThis fight doesnít necessarily have to be a war, but is that what it turns into, if thatís what it comes down to, we both know whoís going to win Ėme.
ďI have more heart and character than Ellison and itís going to show. I can match his boxing ability; I think Iím just as fast if not faster. Iíll fight sharp and fight with discipline.
ďIím expecting a tough fight.† But as good as he is, as talented as he is, I am the better fighter.
ďI cannot say Ellison is my toughest opponent to date until Iím inside the ring with him.† I can say that Iíve fought much tougher opposition than he has.
ďI have more seasoning and experience and I still have the skills and the ability to back it up and win this fight. ď
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