Four promising, talented super bantamweights with a combined record of 62-1-1 will share the spotlight in important fights this Friday, Sept. 21, on ShoBox: The New Generation live on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast, from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.
One of the three unbeatens on the telecast, Colombia's world-ranked Jonathan Romero (21-0, 12 KOs) will seek his 22nd consecutive victory when he meets Efrain Esquivias Jr. (16-1, 9 KOs), of Gardena, Calif., for the No. 2 ranking in the IBF and the WBC Latino championship in the 10-round main event.
The opening bout of the telecast will match Roman Morales (12-0, 6 KOs), of San Ardo, Calif., and Jonathan Arellano (13-0-1, 3 KOs), of Ontario, Calif., in an eight-round match.
ShoBox expert analyst and boxing historian Steve Farhood weighed-in on the event:
"This is a classic ShoBox card with two good matchups featuring fighters in the same division,". "The 122-pound division is very strong overall, and it is also a very strong division for young prospects. Let's see where these guys fit in.
"Romero scored an upset win over Chris Avalos last December on ShoBox and will be looking to continue to build off that. Romero is a boxer-puncher so it'll be interesting to see how he does against Esquivias, who'll be in his face all night.
"Morales is back on ShoBox after an impressive debut in July. He was a good amateur and seems to be progressing as a pro, but he's matched against a very good boxer who's also undefeated.''
Tickets for the Gary Shaw Productions event, priced at $35, $45, $55, $70 and $85, are on sale and can be purchased at Chumash Resort Casino Box office or online at www.startickets.com.
Barry Tompkins will call the action from ringside with Farhood as analyst. The executive producer is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.