Isaiah Steen has a new opponent and has been elevated into a “ShoBox: The New Generation” main event that’ll be televised October 21 from Atlantic City, New Jersey.
BoxingScene.com has learned Cleveland’s Steen (16-0, 12 KOs) has agreed to face Sena Agbeko (26-2, 21 KOs) in a 10-round fight that night at Bally’s Grand Ballroom. The unbeaten super middleweight prospect was supposed to encounter Elvis Figueroa (11-0, 7 KOs) in an eight-round “ShoBox” co-feature October 21, but the change occurred when Showtime’s original main event, a 10-round light heavyweight bout between Russia’s Ali Izmailov (9-0, 6 KOs) and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic (27-2, 19 KOs), was canceled because Izmailov contracted COVID-19 during training camp and withdrew.
What was supposed to be the opener of this three-bout broadcast – an eight-round super middleweight match in which New Orleans’ Sean Hemphill (14-0, 8 KOs) will face David Stevens (11-0, 8 KOs), of Reading, Pennsylvania – is now the co-feature. The telecast will now begin with another eight-rounder – Marquis Taylor (12-1-2, 1 KO), a junior middleweight from Galena Park, Texas, against Detroit’s Marlon Harrington (8-0, 7 KOs).
The 26-year-old Steen will end a 14-month layoff when he faces the hard-hitting Agbeko. Steen hasn’t boxed since his 10-round, unanimous-decision victory over Kalvin Henderson 14 months ago in a “ShoBox” main event.
Steen defeated a then-unbeaten Henderson (15-2-1, 11 KOs), of Fayetteville, Arkansas, by scores of 97-93, 97-93 and 96-94 in July 2021 at Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, Nebraska.
The 30-year-old Agbeko, a native of Ghana who resides in Nashville, Tennessee, has won three straight fights since Russian super middleweight contender Vladimir Shishkin (13-0, 8 KOs) soundly defeated him on points in February 2021 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Shishkin’s win against Agbeko was televised as part of the “ShoBox” series as well.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.