Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Redkach-Luis Shobox Headliner Now USBA Title Fight

By Jake Donovan

Ivan Redkach and Tony Luis were content with mere bragging rights at stake for their Showtime-televised lightweight bout on January 18 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Both now have a little more incentive to look that much better in the headlining act of the 2014 season premiere of Showtime’s Shobox series.

A regional title will now be at stake in their lightweight bout, which is still scheduled for 10 rounds. The significance of the belt on the line (vacant USBA lightweight titlie) means that the winner will most likely land a spot in the IBF’s lightweight Top 10 rankings.

“I’ve dreamed about being a world champion from the first time I wanted to become a boxer,” Redkach said. “This is the next step towards winning a world title, which is my goal for 2014.”

The irony in his enthusiasm: a win puts him closer towards a shot at the title held by Miguel Vazquez, his gym stable mate. Both are trained by Mario Morales, and Redkach has served as Vazquez’ chief sparring partner to help the lightweight titlist prepare for his Feb. 22 defense versus unbeaten Denis Shafikov.

Redkach (15-0-0-1ND, 13KO) makes his Showtime-televised debut, having previously performed in front of cameras on Fox Sports and Telefutura (now UniMas) earlier in his career in swing bouts. His January 18 showdown marks his first network-headlining bout.

Luis (17-1, 7KO) has won two straight since suffering the lone loss of his career, an 8th round upset stoppage loss versus Jose Hernandez nearly one year ago. The bout marked the first appearance on U.S. airwaves for the Canadian lightweight, who turns 26 this week.

The regional title fight tops a scheduled televised quadruple header, the second consecutive Shobox telecast to follow that format. 

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

Tags: Tony Luis image   Ivan Redkach image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Mundine: Horn is a White Boy, Gets Coverage Because He's White! Video: Anthony Joshua Reacts To Steroid Comments From Parker Lenroy Thomas vs. David Allen II Added To Brook-Rabchenko Card News: Kovalev-Mikhalkin, Spence-Peterson, WBSS, More Valdez, Quigg Promise To Stage Action-Packed War at StubHub Photos: Anthony Joshua, Joseph Parker - Tense Face To Face Parker: Tyson Fury Might Walk Me to the Ring for Joshua Fight Promoter: Other Than Klitschko, Joshua, Parker Resumes Similar Peterson's Trainer: Fight Against Errol Spence Will Turn Into a War Bivol: Hard to Tell From Two Rounds If Kovalev All the Way Back BoxingScene.com's Television Picks of The Week Mundine: If Horn Says No - Then I Want Saunders, Canelo, GGG Errol Spence vs. Lamont Peterson - Calm Before The Storm Fury: Me and Joshua is Four Round Fight - Either I Go or He Goes! Parker Regrets Making Steroid Comments About Anthony Joshua Big Fights, Big Finales, Better Judging Top Wish List For 2018 Jamel Herring Signs With Top Rank, Will Fight on Crawford-Horn Luis Ortiz Vows Pain: I'll Tear The Skin Off Deontay Wilder's Body! Estrada: People Think Sor Rungvisai Will KO Me - It Won't Happen! Creed 2 Update: Actor Cast To Play Ivan Drago's Son in Film Mayorga Emotional: Time To Hang Up The Gloves, Say Goodbye Rapper Common is Producing a New Boxing Documentary Tyson Fury: If I'm Honest - I Fancy Parker To Beat Joshua Wilder: No Doubt I'll KO Ortiz, Joshua-Parker Will Be a Long Fight Katie Taylor Dublin Return Off, Being Pushed To Daniel Jacobs Bill Frank Warren: Fans Lost Interest in Amir Khan, He'll Face a Stiff Euro News: Murat-Demchenko, Havnaa-Tahiri, Formella-Frank Briggs: I'll KO Tyson Fury, Breaks All His Fingers To End His Tweets Wilder: I'll Make an Example of Luis Ortiz, He's My Guinea Pig! Frank Warren Confirms Tete is Out, 2/10 Show Moves Forward Sean Dodd vs. Tommy Coyle Set, April 21 In Liverpool Weekend Review: Shields, Amir Khan, Ergashev, Spence, More Hearn: Let's Be Honest, Who Has Hit Parker's 'Granite Chin?' Parker's Promoter: Joshua Mentally Weak, Dropped Many Times Luis Ortiz: Forget The Marijuana, Now Wilder Has a Real Problem! Parker: I Don't Care If I Win or Lose; Someone Gets Knocked Out Amir Khan Unsure if Crawford Will Carry Up His Power To 147 Mundine: Horn Does Not Have Much Talent, But He Works Hard Joshua: Parker Has No Ring Generalship - I'll Smash His Body! Fes Batista Back in Training With Roy Jones, Plans Ring Return
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement