*Weights*Keenan Smith 140 – Ivan Baranchyk 140
Kenneth Sims, Jr. 139.4 – Rolando Chinea 139.6
Glenn Dezurn 121.6 – Adam Lopez 121.8
Joshua Greer 117.4 – Leroy Davila 117
*NON-TELEVISED WEIGHTS*Antoine Douglas 159.6 – Juan De Angel 168.4
Charles Conwell 155.6 – Rick Graham TBA
Isiah Steen 163.4 – Travis Nero TBA
MIAMI, Okla., (July 13, 2017) – Undefeated super lightweights *Keenan Smith*
and* Ivan Baranchyk* officially made weight on Thursday, one day before
they headline a quadrupleheader tomorrow/Friday on *ShoBox: The New
Generation* live on *SHOWTIME®* (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast)
from *Buffalo Run Casino & Resort in Miami, Okla.*
Philadelphia’s rising prospect Smith (11-0, 5 KOs) takes on the
hard-hitting Baranchyk (14-0, 10 KOs), who trains in Los Angeles and fights
out of Miami. This will be Baranchyk’s fifth appearance on the ShoBox
series, and his sixth consecutive fight in his adopted hometown of Miami.
“I respect all fighters, but he’s talking a little smack,” Smith said right
after both fighters weighed in at exactly 140 pounds. “It doesn’t matter
where we fight. I’ll fight him in his own backyard if I have to.”
Former national amateur champion *Kenneth Sims Jr.* (12-0, 4 KOs) will look
to remain unbeaten when he meets aggressive five-year pro *Roland
6 KOs) in the eight-round co-feature.
*Glenn Dezurn* (9-0, 6 KOs) and *Leroy Davila* (5-1, 3 KOs) recently went
the distance in a grueling eight-round super bantamweight bout that
14’s ShoBox telecast, where Dezurn earned a unanimous decision. Both
fighters return in the opening two bouts of tomorrow night’s telecast.
Dezurn will take on ShoBox veteran *Adam Lopez* (16-1-1, KOs) in an
eight-round super bantamweight clash, where Lopez will make his
record-tying sixth ShoBox appearance. Davila will battle *Joshua
5 KOs) in the eight-round telecast opener.
Tickets for the event promoted by GH3 Promotions and Tony Holden
Productions are priced at $35, $55, $65 and $75 and are available for
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“I’ve been through a lot and it’s been hard, but I’ve been using it as
“I can box and I can punch. I’m not looking to go in and trade with this
“I liked going away for camp for the first time. It made me focus and just
kept my mind on boxing.
“I’m not worried about the hometown advantage.
“I’ve been training hard for this fight and tomorrow you’re going to see
the best. We are looking to kill the beast. [Baranchyk] comes to fight, he
swings a lot of wild punches. I’m a boxer and a puncher, I’m good at making
fighters feel uncomfortable. It’s a blessing to be up here, and it’s a
blessing to fight on ShoBox and it’s a big opportunity to move up the
“Training camp went great and we did eight weeks. I’m going to be
shortening my punches up. I know Keenan is an American-style fighter and
will be doing a lot of moving forward.
“I love knockouts and haven’t had one in my last three fights. I can’t wait
to get another one tomorrow.”
“Everything is perfect in Los Angeles for me. The weather and the training
“Everyone knows I had a great fight with Abel Ramos on ShoBox. It’s a
pleasure people think that was the fight of the year, and maybe the best
ever on ShoBox, but I’m just focused on the future.”
“I’m not going to talk much, I’m going to get inside the ring and do all my
talking inside the ring.”
*KENNETH SIMS JR.*:
“I’ve had some good friends recently who have lost their lives, and it’s
been emotional. I haven’t been using my head and I want to get back to
“I love punching to the body. I lot of people think I lack power, and I get
hit with a lot of punches. My goal is to be a pure boxer and to keep
putting my punches together. .
“I feel like I’m an exciting fighter. I’ve been fighting since I was 8
years old and I’ve put in the hard work.
“I think my jab is going to be the difference and a key in this fight. That
and my footwork.
“I had a good training camp, no distractions. I was focused. I’m ready to
put on a great show.”
“I’m a lot stronger than I was in my last fight. This is the best I’ve felt
for any fight.
“My nine month layoff doesn’t mean anything. It doesn’t make any difference
“I’ve been stalking Kenneth for a while now and we’ve watched a lot of tape
“People still don’t believe in me, and I still have a chip on my shoulder.
I’ve fought some experienced guys and tough guys on the ‘A’ side. I’m ready
to move from the ‘B’ side to the ‘A’ side.
“I’m going to show I’m here for good. You are going to see a new Rolando
Chinea tomorrow night.
“I’m a workhorse and at times I’m my own worst critic.
“I watched a lot of boxing growing up. Felix Trinidad was my favorite.”
“I know people are still talking about the eighth round of my last fight on
ShoBox against Davila, and the crowd was going crazy, but I never focus on
the crowd. I just focus what I have to do in the ring.
“I’m an old-school fighter and I’ll fight anyone. We can go out in the back
alley and fight.
“I loved Sugar Ray Robinson and the approach he took in his fights.
“But at the end of the day a lot of old-school fighters have had to just
get it done, fight by fight, to keep putting food on the table.
“I don’t see this as a big step up for me. I’m a pro now and I do
everything like a professional. It’s been hard work, but that’s what it
takes to become a world champion.
“I’m honored to be fighting on SHOWTIME once again. I’m an entertaining
fighter and I put a lot of pressure on myself.”
“I need to mature more as a fighter. I wasn’t as prepared for my last fight
as I should have been.
“I should win this fight easy. I watch the ShoBox fights I’ve been in and
I’ve used different styles.
“We’ve worked on everything for this fight: quickness, defense, movement.
If he wants to bang it out I’ll be ready for whatever he brings.
“I’ve busted my ass in the gym every day and I’m ready. This is where all
the hard work pays off.
“My last knockout was a KO of the year candidate. Everyone knows I’m an
exciting fighter and I’m a prospect looking to make things happen.
“The knockouts are addictive and it’s important to remember to stay humble
and know who I am as a fighter. We’ll take them, but I’m not looking for
“We’ve worked on the mistakes we’ve made in the past and corrected all the
problems we’ve seen.
The pillow is only going to come out if there is some trash talking, and I
know there will be. So you’ll be sure to see the ‘Night, Night’ pillow.”
“Last time I fought on ShoBox I did not strategize enough like I should
“He might bring the pillow into the ring, but it won’t make it out after
the fight. He’ll be able to use it on himself.
“I’ve got to take him out of his game. I have to take away his biggest
weapon, his right hand.”