Showbox: New Generation celebrates its 20 year anniversary with a three-fight card featuring two exciting undefeated super middleweight prospects as Calvin Henderson in a 10-round main event clash on Friday, July 23 at SHOWTIME® (9) Isaiah will face Stein. pm ET/PT) from the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, Neb.
The popular Showbox series debuted in Atlantic City on July 21, 2001, and has produced 84 fighters who later went on to win the world title. As in the past 20 years, the upcoming tripleheader will have tough match prospects with a combined record of 81-1-5, including five boxers who have yet to taste defeat at the professional level.
Henderson (14-0-1,10 KO) matches against knockout performer Stein (15-0, 12 KO) in the first 10-rounder for both fighters. The co-feature pitted Detroit shoebox veteran Jenelson Boccachica (17-0, 11 KO) against 21-year-old Shinnard Bunch (15-1, 13 KO) in a 10-round welterweight bout. In an unbeaten fight, Martino Jules (10-0-2, 2 KOs) faces Aram Avagyan (10-0-2, 4 KOs) in an eight-round featherweight affair.
“This is a milestone ShoBox event, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Gordon Hall, who has served as the executive producer of ShoBox: The New Generation since its inception. “As we celebrate two decades of Showbox on July 23, we will remain true to our ethos of matching undefeated, developing possibilities.
In the main event, the undefeated 168-pound prospect with a decorated amateur pedigree will seek a career-best win.
The co-feature features the return of fast-rising Jenelson Boccachica in a tough style matchup against the power-punching bunch, while the opener features an unbeaten fight that could steal the show. Showbox remains the ultimate proving ground for prospects, and the event on July 23 is the perfect way to start our next decade.
The event, promoted by Marshall Kaufman’s King’s Promotions in association with Holden Productions and Salita Promotions, brings together fighters from seven different boxing promotional and management teams.
Calvin Henderson vs Isaiah Stein – 10-Round Super Middleweight Main Event
Henderson vs. Stein is a matchup that was originally scheduled for Showbox in October, before Henderson withdrew during fight week with an illness.
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Henderson currently lives and trains out of Fayetteville, Ark., where he was a six-time Arkansas state champion among amateurs competing in 70 fights. He turned pro in 2016, winning his first 12 fights before fighting a draw to Genk Plana in 2019. Henderson has prior experience at the Heartland Events Center after beating Justin Bessman at the venue in March.
After high school, Henderson received a music scholarship from the University of Arkansas as a percussionist and received a bachelor’s degree in music education in 2012. Marshall Kaufman’s Kings promotions promote 30-year-old Henderson.
“Two undefeated guys are coming to the main event,” said Henderson, who is married with five children. “I know he has a good amateur pedigree, and he throws good combinations. He’s bringing it, and I’m bringing it.
The allure of finally making this fight for the third time. This is the next step in my career. There have been so many fighters on Showbox and have gone on to have illustrious careers, and now it’s my turn to do the same. “
Like his half-brother, US Olympian Charles Conwell, the 24-year-old Stein of Cleveland also had a successful amateur career with a record of 85-15. In his last fight in November, Stein stopped Colombia’s Juan de एंजेलngel with a fifth-round TKO.
In February of 2020, Stein needed less than a round to stop Kenneth Council in Hammond, Ind. Stein was co-promoted by Holden and Lou DiBella and managed by David McWater of Split-T Management.
“I’m going from training camp to training camp,” Stein said. “I’m going to mix it up and out-box him with a lot of jabs. Then I kick him out when I see his weakness. Calvin is a straight-up fighter, and he punches hard. I get him from him.” Had to fight earlier, so this fight has been going on for some time.”
Jenelson Boccachica vs. Shinard Bunch – 10-round welterweight bout
A native of Puerto Rico and fighting out of Detroit, Mich., Bocachica is just 22 years old and already has five years of pro experience, including two appearances on Showbox.
This will be his third appearance in the series in nine months. He is coming off his best win so far, a majority decision victory over previously unbeaten Mark Reyes, Jr.
An aggressive, forward-looking fighter, Bocachica began boxing at the age of eight, winning four consecutive ringside championships (2011–14), the National PAL Championship, and the 2015 Detroit Golden Gloves.
He claimed an amateur record of 60–5 and defeated Brandon Lee in the final to win the 2014 US Junior National Olympics. He is coached by his father, Nelson Figueroa. Bocachica is managed by McWater and co-promoted by King’s Promotions and Salita Promotions.
“It’s what Showbox is known for: matching fighters for great fights,” Boccachica said. “The Shinnard Bunch are a step up in the competition. He’s from the same gym as Mark Reyes, and you see what I did to him, on July 23, it’s going to be pretty much the same. Fighting on SHOWTIME has helped my profile.
When I moved to Puerto Rico, people knew who I was because of my past experience on Showbox. Being on stage has given me a lot of new fans.”
Bunch is a Queens, NY-native and training in Trenton, NJ Just 21 years old, Bunch has been active with five fights in 2020 and five fights so far in 2021.
Bunch has put on over 400 amateur fights and started boxing at the age of 7. He was highly rated as No. 3 in the nation at the 2016 Nationals. Currently riding a 13-fight winning streak, the Bunch’s only pro loss came in their third fight in 2019, a unanimous loss to Paul Kroll. Russell Peltz manages a bunch.
“We’re coming to work and making a statement,” Bunch said. “I really don’t know too much about my opponent. I know he’s a pressure fighter. I’m not taking this fight lightly. It’s a big fight and we’re going to box smartly It is a privilege to have such an opportunity. Fighting on Showbox is something I have always dreamed of.”
Martino Jules vs. Aram Avgyan – 8-Round Featherweight Bout
Jules, a 23-year-old southpaw from Allentown, Pa., is coming off her best win ever in the ESPN bubble fight last July, clinching a majority victory over Aleem Zumakhonov.
Jules is a 2015 Olympic Trials qualifier and has had a 60-15 amateur record since turning professional in 2016 and slowly climbing the featherweight rankings. Jules was supposed to make his shoebox debut in January, but his opponent fell ill on the morning of their fight, and the fight was called off.
“I am grateful to have got this fight,” said Jules, who is promoted by King’s Promotion and managed by Tryfon Petrov. “It’s something I’ve been waiting for a year.
I was supposed to fight on Showbox earlier, but the fight was averted. I stay ready My opponent is tough, and he comes ready to fight. He has a lot of potential, and he’s pushing me to do better, and I’m excited to fight someone who will inspire me to do my best. “
Fighting under the Salita promotions banner, 30-year-old Avagyan returned to the showbox for the third time facing a fourth consecutive unbeaten fighter. In January, Avagyan and Panama’s Jose Nez fought to a majority draw.
Avagyan survived two early knockdowns in his debut against the then-unbeaten Dagoberto Aguero to earn a majority decision in the last Showbox telecast before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sports world for several months in March 2020.
Born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia, and now living in California, Avagyan is a decorated amateur with over 300 fights. He won two bronze medals at the European Championships and represented Armenia at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
“I am always hungry and want to fight, and the fact that it will be on Showbox’s 20-year anniversary inspires doubling down on what makes a great show,” Avagyan said.
“I’m slowly getting in shape, and I have one more month to show my best side to all boxing fans. I promise I’m going to battle on July 23. This event and Warrior’s War Don’t miss it!”
International Boxing Hall of Famer Barry Tompkins will call the action along with fellow Hall of Famer Steve Farhood, former world champion Raul Marquez and special guest Al Bernstein. Executive producer is Gordon Hall, with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.