Friday, September 28, 2012
O. Henry, A. Santana get TV spot
By Dan Rafael
It has been years since promoter Don King has put on a “ShoBox: The New Generation” card on Showtime, but he has one in the works with two of the remaining prospects in his dwindling stable of fighters.
Showtime said the card will take place on Nov. 16 at the Miami Jai Ali Fronton, where King has done smaller shows over the years.
The main event is supposed to feature junior middleweight prospect Omar Henry (12-0-1, 9 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout, although his opponent has not been signed yet. Henry has been awfully inactive, with only 13 fights since he turned pro in mid-2008.
Showtime had hoped King would match him with Willie Nelson (19-1-1, 11 KOs), but Nelson is coming off a good victory against previously undefeated John Jackson (the son of all-time power puncher Julian Jackson) on the Sept. 15 Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. undercard. Nelson’s team turned down the fight, according to the network.
In the co-feature, southpaw lightweight prospect Angelo Santana (13-0, 10 KOs) -- a two-time Cuban national champion -- will take a big step up in competition by facing former lightweight titlist Paulus Moses (28-3, 19 KOs), who lost his belt by sixth-round knockout to Miguel Acosta in 2010. Moses won three fights in a row after that defeat before dropping a lopsided decision challenging lightweight titlist Ricky Burns in March. Moses rebounded July 28 by outpointing one-time contender Cassius Baloyi via 10-round split decision.