Ergashev vs Ramirez

Shohjahon Ergashev Abdiel Ramirez

Ergashev Ramirez

Oklahoma, USA

On Air @ 3am



ShoBox: The New Generation

Rising Super-Lightweight star Shohjahon Ergashev (16-0, 14 KOs) headlines a ShoBox triple-header on Friday 23rd August.

After his BoxNation debut back in February, the Uzbekhistan puncher returns to the channel against heavy-handed Mexican Abdiel Ramirez (24-4-1, 22 KOs), live from Oklahoma.

In the unpaid ranks Ergashev had a 202-14 record, and as a professional he’s regarded as one of the world’s most exciting prospects with nine of his 16 wins coming in the first round.

Last time out the 27 year old was taken the distance by Mykal Fox – a tricky southpaw who had a five-inch height advantage – but showed a different side of his game in the unanimous decision win.

Ergashev is trained by Javan 'Sugar' Hill, the nephew of the late, great Hall-of-Fame trainer Emanuel Steward and is currently ranked at four with the WBA, six with the IBF and eight with the WBO. An impressive win could push him into the World Title mix.

Ramirez has been a professional for 10 years and is a former two-time National Mexican Amateur Champion. He carries power, as displayed by his record, and he won his first nine fights by stoppage.

Last year the 28 year old upset Michael Perez with a career-best eighth round knockout. In his last outing in March he lost a close decision to Javier Molina.

Vladimir Shishkin DeAndre Ware

Shishkin Ware

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Super-Middleweight contest

Unbeaten Super-Middleweight Vladimir Shishkin (8-0, 5 KOs) makes his US debut versus DeAndre Ware (13-1-2, 8 KOs).

A standout amateur in Russia, he won 301 of his 330 fights before turning pro three years ago.

After just eight bouts, Shishkin has earned a place in the top 15 of the WBC and WBA. In October he put in a career-best showing to stop former World Title challenger (TKO 10) and now looks to push into the top 10.

Ware lost on points to German talent Cem Kilic on our screens 11 months ago, but bounced back in February to take Ronald Ellis' unbeaten record.

Arnold Khegai Vladimir Tikhonov

Khegai Tikhonov

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Super-Bantamweight contest

Elsewhere on the card, Ukrainian Super-Bantamweight Arnold Khegai (15-0-1, 10 KOs), ranked at five by the WBO and seven by the IBF, takes on Russian southpaw Vladimir Tikhonov (17-1, 9 KOs) over eight rounds.

“This card epitomises what we’ve been trying to do since launching ShoBox in 2001,” said Gordon Hall, Executive Producer of ShoBox: The New Generation. “We have three undefeated top prospects, all already ranked in the top 15, in step-up fights against their toughest opposition to date. A victory could put them a fight or two away from title contention, while a loss sends them back to the drawing board.”

“August 23 is going to be an action packed fight card with pick’em fights from top to bottom,” said promoter Dmitriy Salita. “We have hungry contenders on opposite sides of the ring looking to take the next step in their careers in classic cross roads matchups. It is one of the best fight cards of the summer.”