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Showtime Boxing: Weights, Quotes For Tonight’s ShoBox

Six talented, promising super middleweights will be featured on ShoBox: The New Generation at 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast, tonight live on Showtime at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

In a battle of unbeaten, world-ranked 168-pounders in the 10-round main event, Marcus “Too Much” Johnson (18-0, 14 KOs), of Houston, Tex., takes on Derek “The Black Lion” Edwards (25-0, 13 KOs) of Winston-Salem, N.C.

Local favorite Don “Da Bomb” George (19-0, 17 KOs), of Chicago, meets Ghana’s Osumanu Adama (17-1, 13 KOs) and Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (13-0, 9 KOs), of Worcester, Mass., via the Dominican Republic, faces Kevin Engel (17-2, 14 KOs), of St. Louis, in eight-round bouts.

The combatants weighed in yesterday in preparation for tonight's clashes.

Derek Edwards: 168 lb
Marcus Johnson: 167 lb

Edwin Rodriguez: 169 lb
Kevin Engle: 170 lb

Osumanu Adama: 167 lb
Donovan George: 167 lb

What the fighters said Thursday:

Marcus Johnson:
“I'm going to tame the lion."

Derek Edwards:
"l'm the best-kept secret in boxing. I'm going to take this one home and show everyone on national television who I am.’’

Edwin Rodriguez:
"Engel is a gentleman and a true athlete. He is a boxer and a kickboxer so I know he is skilled. I wish him 100 years success but this is my time. I'm privileged to fight on Showtime for the first time. This is my time to shine."

Kevin Engel:
"If Edwin Rodriguez is looking past me, he's in for a whole world of trouble because I am going to win."

Osumanu Adama:
"I've had good training for this. It was a solid six-week camp, four weeks in Africa and the last two at the North Miami PAL Boxing Gym. Showtime boxing fans, be prepared. This fight is mine."

Donovan George:
“I put all the hard work in and tomorrow night's my time to shine. It's my first time on national TV and I plan to take advantage of it."

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