Despite the fight being added just two weeks ago, many boxing insiders feel that the opening eight-round super middleweight between undefeated John Magda and Christopher Brooker this Friday, Feb. 19 live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) could steal the show on ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader that is loaded with talent.
Unbeatens Adam “Mantequilla” Lopez (14-0, 7 KOs), of San Antonio, Texas, by way Phoenix, Ariz., and Mario “Yayo” Muñoz (16-0-1, 10 KOs), of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, will face their toughest opponents to-date when they meet in the 10-round super bantamweight main event from the Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
In other televised bouts, all scheduled for eight rounds, Ronald “Flatline” Ellis (12-0, 10 KOs), of Dorchester, Mass., takes on Washington D.C.’s Jerry “The King’s Son” Odom (13-2, 12 KOs) in a clash of hard-hitting super middleweights, and southpaw Lavisas “Red” Williams (8-0-1, 3 KOs), of Rochester, N.Y. risks his undefeated record against O’Shaquie “Ice Water” Foster (9-1, 6 KOs), of Orange, Texas, in a super featherweight scrap.
Tickets for the GH3 Promotions event are priced at $25, $50, $75, $100 and $150 and are available for purchase online at www.Ticketmaster.com and over the phone at (800) 736-1420.
The bout between Magda and Brooker has a bit of the territorial rivalry feel as Magda will be fighting close to his Rutherford, N.J. home while Brooker will be making the one-hour trek on the Atlantic City Expressway from his residence in Philadelphia.
Both Magda and Brooker are 24-years old.
Magda has built his reputation on his volume punching that has catapulted him to a perfect mark of 11-0 with seven knockouts. The former New Jersey Junior Olympic champion is coming off the best win, a unanimous decision over Dionisio Miranda.
Brooker has a record of 7-1 with five knockouts and is an aggressive puncher with good power. Brooker stepped on late notice and scored an upset when he defeated previously undefeated Leo Hall on Dec. 29.