Dan Rafael: Tony Luis
December, 19, 2013
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
DiBella EntertainmentUnbeaten lightweight prospect Ivan Redkach, of Ukraine, faces Tony Luis on Jan. 17 in Memphis.One of my favorite prospects, Ukrainian lightweight terror Ivan Redkach, returns to action to headline the first "ShoBox: The New Generation" card of 2014.
Redkach (15-0, 13 KOs) will face Tony Luis (17-1, 7 KOs) in a 10-rounder in the main event of a quadrupleheader on Jan. 17 (Showtime, 10 p.m. ET/PT) from the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tenn.
Also on the card, announced on Thursday, in eight-round bouts: junior middleweight John Thompson (14-0, 5 KOs) faces Frank Galarza (11-0-2, 7 KOs), middleweight Antoine Douglas (11-0, 7 KOs) fights Marquis Davis (8-0-2, 5 KOs) and Maurice Hooker (12-0-1, 9 KOs) will be in a junior welterweight bout against an opponent to be determined.
"People are going to get the opportunity to see Ivan Redkach, a potential star, along with a number of other undefeated, young fighters, all competing to make a name for themselves. This is what 'ShoBox' is all about,” promoter Lou DiBella said.
Redkach had a big amateur career (2008 Olympic alternate), turned pro in November 2009 and is a gifted offensive fighter. The fight with Luis will be Redkach's first scheduled 10-rounder. Luis was one of Canada's top amateurs before turning pro in 2008. He has won two in a row since his only loss, an eighth-round knockout to Jose Hernandez this past January.