TOP INTERNATIONAL PROSPECTS FACE PICK ‘EM FIGHTS

TOP INTERNATIONAL PROSPECTS FACE PICK ‘EM FIGHTS 

IN TRIPLEHEADER EDITION OF SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION

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Unbeaten Super Middleweight Thomas Oosthuizen Takes On Marcus Johnson;

Luis Del Valle Risks Perfect Record Against Christopher Martin In Co-Feature;

Promising Youngster Jose Pedraza Opens Telecast Against Gil Garcia

 

Friday, April 27 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®

From Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla.

 

NEW YORK (April 12, 2012) –- Six hungry prospects with a combined record of 88-4-5 with 61 knockouts will clash in a trio of vitally important fights on ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, April 27, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla.

 

In the main event, unbeaten southpaw and IBO super middleweight champion Thomas “Tommy Gun’’ Oosthuizen (18-0-1, 13 KOs) of Gauteng, South Africa, will make his ShoBox debut when he meets Marcus Too Much Johnson (21-1, 15 KOs), of Houston, in a 10-round super middleweight bout.

Undefeated Luis Orlando Del Valle (15-0, 11 KOs) of Bayamon, P.R., gets the toughest test of his career when he faces Christopher Martin (23-1-3, 6 KOs) of Chula Vista, Calif., in a 10-round super bantamweight battle.

 

Former international amateur standout and current World Boxing Council (WBC) super featherweight Youth champion Jose “The Sniper” Pedraza (7-0, 6 KOs), of Caguas, P.R., will open the telecast against Gil Garcia (5-2-1, 1 KO) in an eight-round super featherweight bout.

 

ShoBox expert analyst Steve Farhood is eager to see how the intriguing matchups play out. “I’m anxious to see Oosthuizen,’’ Farhood said. “He seems like a physical marvel because he’s 6-feet-4 and makes 168 pounds. This division is one we’ve targeted on SHOWTIME and ShoBox so we’ll get our chance to see if he’s going to be a player or not. But he’s matched very tough. Johnson has proven in his previous ShoBox appearances that he has a lot of talent. If he’s motivated, this is a virtual pick ‘em fight.

 

“Del Valle shined in his one previous ShoBox fight, but Martin is a slick, very experienced boxer who’s certainly a top 15 super bantamweight. So Del Valle is taking a big step up in class.

 

“And it’s very exciting to have Pedraza on ShoBox. He’s clearly one of best prospects in the world and might just be the best prospect in Puerto Rico, which is saying a lot given all the young talent on the island today.’’

Oosthuizen, 24, is managed and trained by fellow countryman and former two-time world title challenger, Harold Volbrecht. The son of former two-division South African champion Charles Oosthuizen, Thomas is ranked No. 7 in the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and No. 10 by the WBC.

A rangy boxer-puncher, Oosthuizen has fought all but one of his fights in South Africa. This will be his second go in the United States after winning a unanimous decision over Aaron Pryor Jr., on Sept. 3, 2011, in Biloxi, Miss. The fast-starting Oosthuizen, despite a right eye that was cut and badly swollen, outlasted Pryor by the score of 117-111 three times.