For the fifth time in ten months, Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, will host nationally televised professional boxing, as the Showtime Network program SHOBOX – The New Generation will originate, live, Friday, June 7 from the Turning Stone Event Center.
For the last ten years, SHOBOX – The New Generation has been a launching pad for future champions, with more than 40 fighters graduating on to win world titles.
On June 7, Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment, in association with AASHA Record Breakers will present a fight card filled with the young, rising stars of the sport. The event will mark the first time Showtime has produced a televised boxing event at Turning Stone.
In the main event, power puncher Jorge “Destroyer” Melendez (26-2-1, 25 KOs) of Puerto Rico will defend his WBO Latino Super Welterweight title in a ten-rounder against Luis "Slayer" Grajeda (14-1, 10 KOs) of Mexico.
The Slayer wants the Destroyer's WBO belt.
The co-feature will be eight-rounds in the bantamweight division, as a pair of unbeatens square off. Jonathan Vidal (17-0, 9 KOs) of Puerto Rico will face Mario Munoz (13-0-1, 10 KOs) of Mexico.
The undercard is highlighted by junior lightweight prospect Jeffrey Fontanez (11-0, 9 KOs) of Puerto Rico set to meet Alejandro Rodriguez (19-10, 11 KOs) of Mexico in a bout scheduled for six rounds.
Other bouts include Samuel Kotey (19-0, 15 KOs) of Ghana facing Guillermo Sanchez (13-8, 5 KOs) of Buffalo, New York in a lightweight matchup. Super bantamweight John Franklin (4-0, 2 KOs) of Kansas City, Missouri takes on Yieta Johnson (2-3, 2 KOs) of Washington, D.C., and Jose Saenz (4-0, 3 KOs) of Kansas City is scheduled to meet Edgardo Torres (2-2, 2 KOs) of Vineland, New Jersey in the lightweight division.
All bouts are subject to change.
Doors open at the Turning Stone Resort Casino Event Center at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 7. The first undercard bout starts at 7:30 p.m. The live Showtime telecast begins at 10:00 p.m.
Tickets range from $25 to $70 and are on sale now at the Turning Stone box office, by calling 315-361-7469, or visit Ticketmaster.com.