Advertisement: IBO Boxing

Andrew Tabiti, Keith Tapia Collide on ShoBox, May 13th

LAS VEGAS  – Unbeaten Mayweather Promotions star Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti (12-0, 11 KOs) and undefeated power-puncher Keith “Machine Gun” Tapia (16-0, 11 KOs) will go toe-to-toe and put their perfect records on the line in an 10 round cruiserweight bout on Friday, May 13 on ShoBox: The New Generation from Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas.

Televised coverage live on SHOWTIME begins at 10 p.m. ET/PT and features another exciting matchup in the cruiserweight division as 2012 U.S. Olympian Michael Hunter (11-0, 8 KOs) battles fellow unbeaten Isiah Thomas (15-0, 6 KOs) in 10-round bout. Hunter, who is coming off of a knockout victory in February, looks to keep his unblemished record in tact when he takes on Thomas, who is best known for winning the first ever Junior World Boxing Championship for the United States.

“I’m focused and I’m ready,” said Tabiti. “I’ve been in training camp for 10 weeks. My game plan is to go in and destroy. I want to thank my fans for supporting me and I am going to go in and give my fans a show.”

007_Andrew_Tabiti (720x480)

“I feel blessed by this opportunity to be boxing on ShoBox on May 13,” said Tapia. “I'm training hard and will put on a great fight. I will show the fans that I'm one of the best cruiserweights in the world.”

“Camp is going well and I’m ready for May 13,” said Hunter. “No matter who gets put in front of me, I’m going to keep taking care of business, and there’s nothing else to talk about.”

“I'm feeling good about this fight. Michael Hunter is a quality fighter with a good amateur background. Dominating him will prove to the boxing world that I'm ready for a title fight,” said Isiah Thomas. “I don't think Hunter can handle the speed and agility that I have for a cruiserweight, that's my advantage in this division and I plan to put it on display May 13.”

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, are priced at $25 and $50, not including applicable fees, and go on sale today, April 18. Tickets can be purchased online at:, by calling (702) 284-7777, or at any Boyd Gaming box office.

“We’re looking forward to going back to Sam’s Town Live for a second time after a successful sellout show on Feb. 16,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “Mayweather Promotions aims to promote action-packed cards that get fans off their feet. I think the matchups on this card will do just that.”

The highly regarded 26-year-old Chicago native Tabiti, fighting out of Las Vegas, is making his 2016 debut. He’s won 11 of his 12 fights inside the distance, including a second-round TKO over Tomas Lodi on September 29, 2015. Tabiti, a solid amateur with a record of 32-6, turned pro in July 2013. His unique style incorporates fast, explosive hand-speed in tandem with rapid body movement and exceptional footwork.

Tapia, originally from the Bronx, has been victorious in four of his last five fights by knockout. He made his professional debut on Nov. 18, 2011 by stopping Andrew Kuilan in the opening round. Fighting out of Carolina, Puerto Rico, the determined, steadily improving 25-year-old Tapia is coming off of a 10-round unanimous decision over Garrett Wilson in December. Like Tabiti, Tapia also had an outstanding amateur career.

Hunter, son of former heavyweight contender Michael Hunter Sr., is a two-time national amateur champion who competed at the 2012 Olympics. Since making his pro debut in March 2013 by defeating Chad Davis, the up-and-coming 27-year-old hasn’t come close to losing. He’s won his last four fights by knockout, all inside four rounds. In his most recent outing, Hunter knocked out Phil Williams in the first round last February 27.

A top-notch amateur, Thomas turned pro in 2008 and won his initial three starts by first-round knockout. A natural southpaw, discovered after the Junior Olympics by the late, great Emanuel Steward, the promising Thomas registered a clear, unanimous 10-round decision over previously unbeaten Jordan Shimmell last July 25.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Eff Pandas on 04-19-2016

[QUOTE=CaneloMaidana;16623737]All Haymon guys and all undefeated. He's not babying guys anymore.[/QUOTE] There has actually been a ton of undefeated prospect vs undefeated prospect PBC fights since they started. They are leading the industry in those types of fights so this…

Comment by asgarth on 04-19-2016

pretty good fights

Comment by BufordTannen on 04-19-2016

Tabiti not giving any fux about his 0. Stepping up early

Comment by Rope_Burns on 04-19-2016

Very nice fight, will definitely be watching this one

Comment by richardt on 04-18-2016

And AGAIN, ShoBox craps all over the typical weekly Top Skank and GoldenCrap cards!

Top Headlines
Tyson Fury: No Problems With What Bayless Did; He Did A Fair Job Frank Warren: Joshua Should Vacate Belts, Get It On With Fury Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder II: Afterthoughts Breidis Says Tickets Going Through The Roof For Dorticos Bout Chris Jenkins vs. Johnny Garton II To Feature On Dubois vs. Joyce Warren on Fury: That Was Best Performance By British Boxer Whyte: Tyson Fury Knows I Got What it Takes To Beat Him! Davison: Fury Stopping Wilder Shocked Me, I Was Surprised Chocolatito on Kal Yafai: It's Going To Be One Hell of a Fight Davison: Wilder Did Not Look Confident, It Was Round 13 For Fury Fury Fulfilled Pledge He Made 7 Years Ago - To Knock Wilder Out Warren: Wilder's Manager Called, Says Fury Trilogy is Likely Kenny Porter Reacts To Tyson Fury Stopping Wilder Jose Ramirez Reacts To Tyson Fury Stopping Wilder Caleb Plant Reacts To Tyson Fury Stopping Wilder Whyte To Hearn: How About Doing What's Right, Getting My Shot Wilder's Managers Expect Third Fight With Fury To Happen Next Michael Hunter Reacts To Tyson Fury Stopping Wilder Claressa Shields Reacts To Tyson Fury Stopping Wilder Devin Haney Reacts To Tyson Fury Stopping Wilder Thomas Hearns Reacts To Tyson Fury Stopping Wilder Hearn: I Expect Wilder To Request Rematch - Where Else Can He Go? Wilder's Head Trainer: I Don't Think Breland Should’ve Thrown Towel Laila Ali Teases Ring Return For Superfight With Claressa Shields Navarrete: If No Unification Bout Soon - I'll Move Up To 126 Charles Martin: This Has Just Given Me More Confidence Wilder-Fury Rematch Broke Heavyweight Gate Record In Vegas Tyson Fury Smiles: Not Bad For Someone With Pillow Fists! Tyson Fury Beats Down, Drops, Stops Deontay Wilder Charles Martin Takes Down Gerald Washington in Six Emanuel Navarrete Batters, Stops Santisima To Retain Haye: Deontay Wilder's Biggest Downfall is His Biggest Weapon Teofimo Lopez Reacts To Tyson Fury Stopping Wilder SugarHill Steward Reacts To Tyson Fury Stopping Wilder Frank Warren Reacts To Tyson Fury Stopping Wilder Bob Arum Reacts To Tyson Fury Stopping Deontay Wilder Wilder's Trainer Explains Towel Coming in To Stop Fight Tyson Fury Reacts To Stopping Deontay Wilder Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder Rematch - Official Scorecards Deontay Wilder Has 30 Days To Exercise Clause For Fury Trilogy
Latest Forum Threads