NEW YORK - Approaching his July 10 showdown with top contender Chris Henry, New York City's Shaun George has a single-minded agenda: Seek and Destroy.
George vs. Henry is scheduled for ten rounds and will be televised as part of ESPN2's Friday Night Fights in the co-featured bout. The fight will take place in Henry's hometown of Houston, TX at the West Side Tennis Club which is located at 1200 Wilcrest Drive and will be contested for the vacant North American Boxing Organization light-heavyweight title. The show will be promoted by CES Promotions.
"I'm excited to be back in the ring doing what I love," George, 18-2-2 (9 KO), says. "Good old-fashioned boxing without the politics. I'm fighting in his hometown; a lot of people wouldn't want to do that."
The 30-year-old George exploded onto the scene last year with a dominant nine-round blowout of two-time heavyweight champion Chris Byrd on ESPN2. Since then he has only fought once, knocking out former world title challenger Jaffa Ballogou in 86 seconds this past February. George is promoted by Dibella Entertainment.
"I feel like every fight is life or death for me. I'm not getting the opportunities other fighters are getting so I have to treat this fight like it's all or nothing. Chris Henry is a dangerous fighter and I respect him. It's going to be on ESPN2 so I want to show the world what I'm capable of doing with a top ten contender."
Henry, 28, brings a record of 23-2 (18 KO) and has the experience of having fought for a world title. Last year Henry went to Romania to give unbeaten Adrian Diaconu a serious run for his money, losing a bid for the World Boxing Council light-heavyweight championship. Henry also took Yusaf Mack to the wire, winning the fight on one judge's card but losing a close decision.
"I'm not coming to show mercy to any of these guys," says George. "I'm on a mission to prove to myself that I'm the best fighter in the world. Chris Henry is a world class contender, but I believe I'm the best in the world. I don't think this fight will be easy, but I will win. Our styles make for very fan-friendly fight. So everybody go and get your tickets."