ShoBox Returns Friday, As Boxing Starts Slow In 2022.
Friday, January 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, live on Showtime, from Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, Fla.
The main event will see heavy-handed Dominican Republic’s Luis Nunez taking on the Puerto Rican, Carlos Arrieta in a ten-round main event. On Nunez’s 22nd birthday in September, Nunez made his United States debut, by beating Jayvon Garnett on ShoBox, this will be his second appearance on the program. It is no secret what Nunez comes to do, he comes to stop someone.
“Change begins at the end of your comfort zone, nothing is beyond your reach as long as you are willing to work hard for it,” said Nunez. “Returning to SHOWTIME, for me, is more than a privilege because I feel that every day I am closer to achieving my dream that everyone will be able to witness. I don’t know much about my opponent, but I am sure that on January 7 I will go out through the front door, God willing! Having one more victory in my career is like climbing the ladder to go to the big leagues, which is where I want to be.”
The co-main event will see Starling Castillo, who is promoted by Sampson Lewkowicz, facing Armenian Otar Eranosyan in an eight-round bout. Castillo had a heck of a 2021 as he stopped Miguel Contreras of Bakersfield, California, and got a decision win over former world title contender Juan Carlos Burgos.
Eranosyan is ranked #7 by the WBA, and had nearly 300 amateur fights. His last fight saw him beat Alejandro Guerrero, and trains in Florida.
“I can’t wait to get back in the squared circle doing what I love and what I work very hard on,” said “El Poli” Castillo. “I’m so excited and honored to be put on a platform like ShoBox. We expect a very gutsy, action-packed fight, due to our fighting styles. They make for a great fight recipe. This victory will catapult me into the rankings and force the fans of boxing to start noticing me.”
The TV opener will feature 130 lber Edwin De Los Santos taking on William Foster III.
Foster is the younger brother of Charles Foster, and De Los Santos is fighting in the United States for the first time
Russian light heavyweight Ali Izmailov will face one of the tougher journeymen of the division in Israel Duffus in a ten-round bout off TV
Despite a fantastic last performance on ShoBox, Shinard Bunch will face another unbeaten fighter Shyngyskhan Tazhibay, in an eight-round super light weight bout off-TV. I hope Bunch somehow gets TV time, because his performance last year was up there with Kenny Sims Jr., in terms of a career revival.
Fernely Feliz Jr, someone who was one of the highest rated heavyweights in USA Boxing will be having his second pro fight this week.
Misael Lopez, a super featherweight signed to DiBella Entertainment, will return this weekend on a club show in Colorado.
Former Washington Husky Richard VanSiclen will be fighting this week as well. VanSiclen is now at 10-0, and should get a TV fight this year.