LAS VEGAS – The four fighters who will compete in a doubleheader tomorrow, Friday, April 12, on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at Treasure Island Resort & Casino, made weight on their first attempts Thursday.
In a 12-round bout for the WBA International lightweight championship in the ShoBox main event, undefeated southpaw Angelo “The Cobra” Santana (14-0, 11 KOs), of Miami, Fla., battles fellow left-hander Bahodir “Baha” Mamadjonov (11-1, 7 KOs), of Houston, Texas by way of Uzbekistan.
The co-feature on the Don King Productions-promoted event is an eight-round super lightweight clash between unbeaten Amir “Young Master” Imam (8-0, 7 KOs), of Albany, N.Y., and Jeremy “Hollywood” Bryan (16-2, 7 KOs) of Paterson, N.J.
Tickets, all priced at $100 each plus tax and fees, are on sale at Treasure Island box office or by calling (866) 712-9308 or (702) 894-7723. Doors open at 4 p.m. PT. The first live undercard fight is at 4:30.
In the top non-televised bout, Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne (21-0, 9 KOs), of St. Louis, and Marcus Oliveira (24-0-1, 19 KOs), of Lawrence, Kan., collide in a battle of unbeatens in a WBA light heavyweight elimination bout. The winner of the 12-rounder will become the No. 1-ranked 175-pounder by the WBA and mandatory challenger to champion Beibut Shumenov.
Barry Tompkins will call the ShoBox action from ringside with boxing historian Steve Farhood and former World Champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.
WEIGHTS: Santana tipped the scale at 134 pounds, Mamadjonov weighed 135. Imam weighed 140 pounds, Bryan 138. For all the weights, please see the attached bout sheet.
Below are some final thoughts from the ShoBox fighters:
“I feel good and my weight is great. I’m well prepared so I am not affected at all with the change in the opponent.
“I’m coming to fight and am very focused. I’m excited about Friday night and ready to make a great fight.’’
“I had about two weeks notice for this fight but I stay ready. I’m always in the gym so I am 100 percent. This is my first fight against a left-hander but I’ve sparred with southpaws so I’ll be comfortable in there.
“I know I have to be aggressive and I know I have to vary my attack. I’m looking forward to an exciting fight.’’
“I’ve had eight fights and my opponent has had 18 so this is a definite step up in class. He’s a smart, good fighter with throws awkward punches. I’m not taking him lightly and know I have to be careful.
“But I’ve had great sparring with guys as good as him so I’m ready and excited to put on a show on SHOWTIME. I definitely want to make an impression.
“I haven’t fought that many rounds as a pro but I spar eight and 10 rounds regularly so I am in great condition. I feel I can go hard at eight, 10 or 12 rounds.
“I’m not afraid of anybody in my division. I’ve been with Don King my whole career. I want to thank him for making this fight possible.’’
“No matter what he does, I know I have to fight smart. I’m prepared for anything and ready to give my best.
“After I lost two straight fights, I took a long time off, but I learned a lot about myself during that time and came back more committed physically and mentally than ever.
“They call him the ‘Young Master,’ but I’m going to master him on Friday. He’s in my school now.’’
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