ShoBox: The New Generation returns to Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Premier Ballroom on Friday, July 22nd, 2016 to celebrate the 15 anniversary of its critically-acclaimed series featuring a fight card loaded with New England’s premiere talent.
Friday night’s quadruple-header, presented by GH3 Promotions, CES Boxing and Sampson Boxing, features the television debut of unbeaten Worcester, Mass., junior middleweight Khiary Gray (13-0, 10 KOs), who battles Paterson, N.J., vet Ian Green (9-1, 7 KOs) in an eight-round bout, the first of four on the televised main card.
“I don’t take anyone lightly,” Gray said, “but come that day you’re going to see more than you’ve ever seen from me before. You’re going to see different angles, punching power, combinations. I’m going to keep my ‘0’ and put Worcester on the map. It’s going to be a great show.”
“I’m very proud to give this young man the opportunity to fight on national television,” added CES president Jimmy Burchfield Sr. “Listen, he’s got the opening bout, but we’re going to steal the show. I’m sure of it. I’m sure the phones are going to ring a couple of days after July 22nd. For now, we’re going to concentrate.”
Gray, who stars in the opening TV bout, faces his toughest test to date against the savvy Green, a two-time New Jersey Golden Gloves Champion. Since making his professional debut in June of 2014, Gray has fought 13 times in less than two years, including a stretch of six consecutive first-round knockout wins in 2015. The hard-hitting Gray stopped Texas’ Kenton Sippio-Cook in just 2 minutes, 2 seconds in their September of 2015 and recently defeated Florida’s Quentin Willis via second-round knockout in May.
“This is a big fight coming up. This is Showtime,” said Gray’s trainer Kendrick Ball Sr. “This is something I’ve been waiting for. I know what I’ve got. My fighter can fight. My fighter can punch. He can box. I don’t really talk shit when it comes down to him fighting, but I’ll tell you right now, I know what I’ve got. My fighter can fucking fight and we’re bringing the heat and you will fucking see it July 22nd.
“I’m overwhelmed over this whole situation. To be on TV, it’s a dream come true. I set short-term goals and this was a goal I set, but I didn’t think it was going to happen this fast. I want to thank CES and the whole team for giving us the opportunity to showcase Khiary’s ability and everyone else around the world will be able to see it. I’m excited for the night. Trust and believe, we will be ready.”