In two match-ups that typify the essence of the SHOWTIME boxing series, “ShoBox: The New Generation,” four outstanding prospects will face their toughest tests on Friday, Nov. 4, 2005, to see if they are ready for major title contention. The first explosive pairing features “ShoBox” veteran, Sechew “Iron Horse” Powell in a 10-round junior middleweight war against International Boxing Federation (IBF) No. 12 contender Archak “Shark Attack” Ter-Meliksetian. The dynamite co-main event will feature an eight-round brawl between undefeated super middleweights Jaidon Codrington and Allan “Sweetness” Green.
SHOWTIME will televise the DiBella Entertainment doubleheader from the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla., at 11 p.m. ET/PT (tape delayed on west coast). The telecast represents the 67th in the popular “ShoBox” series, which debuted on SHOWTIME in July 2001.
Powell (17-0, 11 KOs), of Brooklyn, N.Y., will make his fourth SHOWTIME and “ShoBox” appearances. The undefeated brawler won the quickest fight in “ShoBox” history when he destroyed Cornelius Bundrage on May 6, 2005, in Mashantucket, Conn. At the opening bell, both fighters swung and connected, knocking each other down. The referee ruled, possibly incorrectly, that both fighters slipped. As soon as the fighters regained their feet, Powell decked his opponent with a solid straight left hand. After Bundrage got back to his feet, he stumbled and fell again, prompting the stoppage after just 22 seconds.
Ter-Meliksetian (15-1, 12 KOs), of Yavard, Armenia, compiled a 98-8 amateur record with 76 KOs, and captured four Brazilian national titles and four international championships. Since turning pro at age 24 on Aug. 3, 2002, Ter-Meliksetian has plowed through most of his opposition with ease, annihilating nine opponents in the first round.
Codrington (9-0, 9 KOs), of Bridgeport, Conn., is a highly decorated amateur champion with a national Golden Gloves title to his name. However, after one of the worst decisions in amateur history cost him a chance to go to the Olympic trials, Codrington decided to turn pro. The Connecticut native took on DeAndrey Abron in the quarterfinals of the Everlast U.S. Championships in Colorado. Codrington put his opponent on the canvas once, forced him into two standing-eight counts and bloodied his nose. However, when the judges’ verdict was announced, it was just a razor-thin 27-26 verdict for Abron.
A winner of his first nine fights by knockout, Codrington has impressive victories in 2005 over Glen Rayburn (13-3-1 going in) on Jan. 28, Etianne Whitaker (32-16-2 going in) on April 28, and Levan Easley (17-11-2 going in) for the New York State super middleweight title on Aug. 5.
Green (17-0, 11 KOs), of Tulsa, Okla., broke the two-decade-old, eight-second knockout record of Mike Tyson when he destroyed Tommy Krupe in June 2002 at the 2002 Golden Gloves National Championships.
In his “ShoBox” debut on May 20, 2005, in Miami, Okla., Green was ahead by the scores 70-62, 70-63 and 69-64 when the bout was stopped because of cuts after an accidental headbutt at 1:41 of the seventh. Green looked like a master boxer against the shorter, slower Rocky Smith and fought an intelligent, calculated fight while dominating from long range.
Nick Charles will call the action from ringside, with Steve Farhood serving as expert analyst. The executive producer of the telecast is Gordon Hall, with Richard Gaughan producing.
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