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Photos/Quotes: ShoBox's 200th Weigh-In Results
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VERONA, N.Y. Undefeated middleweight prospect Antoine Douglas weighed in at 155 pounds and once-beaten, former world title challenger Michel Soro tipped the scales at the contracted weight of 157 pounds during Thursdays official weigh-in for Fridays landmark telecast of ShoBox: The New Generation, live on SHOWTIME 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.

Heres what the fighters had to say at Thursdays weigh-in:

ANTOINE DOUGLAS:

On the stats sheet he [Soro] might be my toughest opponent to date but I dont see it like that.

He [Soro] can say what he wants, but hes never been in the ring with Antoine Action Douglas before. Ill show him what its like to face the real deal.

Im not concerned with going the distance. Im a professional athlete and I have to be prepared for anything that they throw at me. Going 10 rounds comes with the territory. Ive been ready for eight, 10, 12 rounds, you name it, Im ready.

You never know whats going to happen next. Thats what makes boxing great. Theres always a surprise.

MICHEL SORO:

This is my first time fighting in the United States, and Id be lying if I say I dont feel I have to knock him out. Hes at home and Im not. I feel that if I knock him out, the people in the U.S. will accept me more, so Ill be looking for the knockout.

Douglas has never faced somebody as tough as I am. He doesnt know what he is in for.

The fact that Douglas has never gone over 10 rounds and Ive done 12 several times is definitely an advantage for me. Im far more experienced than he is.

Its 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 Ill be on national television in the United States makes me feel proud of my achievements.

This is my first fight as a middleweight, but Im not concerned about moving up in weight class. Ive trained as a middleweight, Ive sparred with middleweights. My natural weight is super welterweight, but Im ready for Douglas. Im happy and eager to go through with this challenge.

JERRY ODOM:

Him knocking out [Edgar] Perez has nothing to do with tomorrow night. He knocked him out, thats fine. But Im not that person. He hasnt been in the ring with anyone like me before.

Is he my toughest opponent? Of course not. This guy hasnt been in the ring with me. He doesnt know what I bring to the table. Its going to be a short night.

VILIER QUINONEZ:

This is going to be a tough fight; we are both undefeated so were both hoping to keep our records intact. But the victory is going to be mine; Im going to be the one that walks out undefeated.

I havent 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.

This is my first time fighting an eight-rounder and Im confident I can go the distance. Im ready. The distance doesnt worry me because I can adapt well to anything my opponent brings in the ring.

I feel that when my opposition is better, then I perform better. Tough opposition brings the best out of me.

Everything 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. Im confident, Im ready and Im not intimidated by my opponent.

CECIL MCCALLA:

Im not worried about this guy; hes never faced anyone like me before.

Ive 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 havent seen before.

Were not looking past this guy, but Im ready for the big guys in this division that are already there Keith Thurman, Andre Berto. Its taken me a while to get this opportunity and its finally here.

Im really excited to be a part of this big event its a huge opportunity. Im here to put on a show.

OSCAR GODOY:

Fighting on the road doesnt make me nervous, it motivates me more because it shows to all the fans that I can come to someones turf and be successful, get a win.

Im not coming out there looking for a knockout. I think I can win convincingly by decision.

I was already training when I got the call for this fight. I thought, hey, thats an opportunity to fight on national TV and we have to jump on it.

This is my first time on SHO and Im 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.

I think hes the toughest opponent that Ive faced, but I also think Im the toughest guy that hes faced. Its 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 thats why I think this is going to be a good fight.

WANZELL ELLISON:

I dont know too much about my opponent. There wasnt much footage on him, but he looks pretty basic. He doesnt seem to be as quick as I am or as slick as I am so Im not worried about much.

His record may be a step up but Im not worried about him. Ive been in this game for a while and been in there with decent people. Ive also been in camp with some big names, Zab Judah, Kendall Holt, and I dont anyone is punching as hard as Kendall Holt. Hes a KO artist. So Im feeling real confident for this fight.

I 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.

TONY LUIS:

I saw Ellisons last fight three months ago and I saw a talented and aggressive fighter. So Im expecting a good and competitive fight.

This fight doesnt necessarily have to be a war, but is that what it turns into, if thats what it comes down to, we both know whos going to win me.

I have more heart and character than Ellison and its going to show. I can match his boxing ability; I think Im just as fast if not faster. Ill fight sharp and fight with discipline.

Im expecting a tough fight. But as good as he is, as talented as he is, I am the better fighter.

I cannot say Ellison is my toughest opponent to date until Im inside the ring with him. I can say that Ive fought much tougher opposition than he has.

I have more seasoning and experience and I still have the skills and the ability to back it up and win this fight.

Tags: Vilier Quinones , Tony Luis , Antoine Douglas , Jerry Odom , Vilier Quinonez , Cecil McCalla , Wanzell Ellison


 

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comment by smoothsmg, on 07-25-2014
[QUOTE=drenlou]Gomez vs paris on fs1 is the fight i most look foward to, then garcia vs prescott then i'll watch shobox last....gomez vs paris has serious implications for me on a personal level.[/QUOTE] Its a great night of boxing tonight. I will be tipping them back tonight and having a blas...

comment by richardt, on 07-25-2014
[QUOTE=drenlou]Gomez vs paris on fs1 is the fight i most look foward to, then garcia vs prescott then i'll watch shobox last....gomez vs paris has serious implications for me on a personal level.[/QUOTE]That fight is also the one I want to see most off all the fights (3 fight cards tonight). Unbe...

comment by drenlou, on 07-25-2014
[QUOTE=richardt]Like I have said time and time again. These guys all put it on the line as they always have for the 200th show - and then you have overprotected prospects out there frightened of anything with a record that that is better than 5-5-1 and 16-9 with a bunch of KO losses. Boxing needs...

comment by richardt, on 07-24-2014
Like I have said time and time again. These guys all put it on the line as they always have for the 200th show - and then you have overprotected prospects out there frightened of anything with a record that that is better than 5-5-1 and 16-9 with a bunch of KO losses. Boxing needs to put an end t...

comment by Hougigo, on 07-24-2014
Soro actually a decent boxer. I remember his fight with Baysangurov was the first I saw... started strong... then gassed HORRIBLY!

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