Showtime Reveals July 20 Tripleheader

By James Kinneen Jun 26, 2018
Showtime Boxing on Monday announced a tripleheader for July 20, featuring three matchups between six upcoming fighters with a combined record of 82-1. Headlined by a match between undefeated welterweights Jaron Ennis and Armando Alvarez, the night will be a part of the network’s ongoing “Shobox: The New Generation” series and will be broadcast live from the WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa.

Ennis (20-0, 18 KO’s) hails from Philadelphia and is trained by his father Derek, who also trained his brothers Derek Jr. and Farah to respectable pro careers. He had a stellar amateur career and won the 2015 National Golden Gloves Tournament, but a loss to Gary Antuane Russell (the younger brother of Gary Russell Jr.) in a box-off cost him a spot on the 2016 Olympic team. Boxing Insider has called him "the best looking prospect in Philly since 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist Meldrick Taylor."

His opponent is Armando “The Gentleman” Alvarez (18-0, 12 KO’s), a Florida Keys native who has stopped six of his last seven opponents. He should be a heavy underdog in the fight, as he both lacks the amateur pedigree of Ennis and, though undefeated, has fought a gaggle of men with subpar records.

Another matchup on the card between two undefeated prospects is the lightweight battle between Thomas Mattice (12-0, 10 KO’s) and Zhora Hamazaryan (9-0, 6 KO’s). Mattice, a former bronze medalist at the USA National Tournament as an amateur, is from Cleveland and was last seen on the Shobox series knocking out Rolado Chinea in the seventh round. His opponent is Zhora Hamazaryan, an Armenian who was an amateur standout in his home country and could have fought for the National Team in the 2016 Olympics but turned down the opportunity to turn professional in 2015.

The third bout of the night is the Super Lightweight match between Montana Love (11-0, 5 KO’s) and Kenneth Sims Jr. (12-1, 4 KO’s). Love had a solid amateur career, highlighted by a bronze medal at the 2012 National Golden Gloves Championship. He has served as the head sparring partner for Robert Easter Jr. and has sparred with Adrien Broner. Which would be very impressive, if his opponent Kenneth Sims Jr. hadn’t sparred with both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Sims is looking to rebound from his loss about a year ago to Rolando Chinea, which came via a close majority decision.

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