Undefeated Lightweight prospect Devin ‘The Dream’ Haney (20-0, 13 KOs) meets undefeated South African Xolisani Ndongeni (25-0, 13KOs) in the first live BoxNation card of 2019.
Our cameras will be in Louisiana on Friday 11th January to capture the vacant WBO Intercontinental Lightweight Title, in both men's toughest test to date.
This is the latest ShoBox instalment being screened by the Channel of Champions and Haney used the platform last year to soar up the rankings.
He is ranked in the top 15 by three major world bodies (No. 8 WBA, No. 10 IBF, No. 11 WBC) and it seems certain that his big chance will come inside the next 18 months.
Haney, 20, said: “I’ll be facing a very dangerous undefeated fighter in Xolisani Ndongeni, who has been ranked as high as No. 3 in WBA and has never experienced defeat.
“He’s not just coming to fight, Ndongeni thinks he can win. These are the fights I need. I’m going to show the world once again that I’m not a prospect, I’m an elite fighter, and I deserve a World Title shot.”
Haney, who hails from Oakland, is trained by his dad Bill and works alongside Demetrius Andrade and Daniel Jacobs at Victor Conte's SNAC facility in San Carlos, California.
He impressed the boxing world last year, making his ShoBox debut in May when he forced Mason Menard to quit on his stool, and in September outpointed three-time World Title challenger Juan Carlos Burgos.
Ndongeni, 28, is nicknamed 'Nomeva The Wasp' and is confident he will shatter the aspirations of a man considered one of boxing’s biggest hopes.
He knows what it takes to win in the United States. In November 2016 he outpointed Juan Garcia Mendez who was 19-1-1 at the time.
That was the Eastern Cape man’s only contest outside South Africa and he has won four on the spin since his American debut.
He has also held the IBO Lightweight Title, which he won in November 2015 against Jasper Seroka, but never defended that belt.
“Devin Haney is a great young boxer and I think it will be a good test for the both of us,” Ndongeni said.
“I have the edge in experience. I have been in 12-round title fights and I feel I am more than capable of handling anything he brings to the ring.
“A win against Haney will take me back to the top of the rankings and open doors for me to be able to fight many more times in the US.”
Also on the televised segment of the bill California’s two-time National Golden Gloves Amateur Champion Ruben Villa (14-0, 5 KOs) meets heavy-handed Puerto Rican Carlos Vidal (14-0, 13 KOs) in an eight-round Featherweight bout.
The opening contest will feature undefeated Cuban Heavyweight Frank Sanchez Faure (10-0, 8 KOs) against an opponent to be announced.
Since its inception in July 2001, the critically acclaimed SHOWTIME boxing series, ShoBox: The New Generation has featured young talent matched tough and found a British home at BoxNation. The philosophy is to televise exciting, crowd-pleasing and competitive matches while providing a proving ground for willing prospects determined to fight for a world title. Some of the growing list of the 77 fighters who have appeared on ShoBox and advanced to garner world titles includes: Errol Spence Jr, Andre Ward, Deontay Wilder, Erislandy Lara, Shawn Porter, Gary Russell Jr, Lamont Peterson, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Nonito Donaire, Devon Alexander, Carl Froch, Robert Guerrero, Timothy Bradley, Jessie Vargas, Juan Manuel Lopez, Chad Dawson, Paulie Malignaggi, Ricky Hatton, Kelly Pavlik and Paul Williams.