Brandun Lee, one of boxing’s fastest-rising prospects, and his opponent Samuel Teah both made weight ahead of their ShoBox: The New Generation main event showdown tomorrow night, Wednesday, March 10, live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
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The 21-year-old knockout artist Lee (21-0, 19 KOs), from La Quinta, Calif., returns to the “Fight Sphere” for the third time looking to extend his impressive KO streak to 13 against Philadelphia’s Teah (17-3-1, 7 KOs), a ShoBox veteran who poses the toughest challenge of Lee’s career.
The co-main event will see undefeated super featherweight prospect Misael Lopez (11-0, 5 KOs) battle once-beaten Jordan White (10-1, 8 KOs) and two tough undefeated prospects will clash in the second fight of the evening as Philadelphia’s Steven Ortiz (11-0, 3 KOs) takes on Jeremy Hill (14-0, 9 KOs).
The telecast opener features 22-year-old power-punching prospect Victor Padilla (8-0, 7 KOs) making his ShoBox debut against another unbeaten Philadelphia native, Thomas Velasquez (10-0-1, 6 KOs).
Barry Tompkins will call the action from ringside with boxing historian Steve Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer is Gordon Hall, with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.
The four-fight telecast is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and D&D Boxing.
Super Lightweight 10-Round Bout
Brandun Lee – 139 ¾ lbs.
Samuel Teah – 139 lbs.
Referee: Johnny Callas; Judges: Ken Ezzo (Conn.), Glenn Feldman (Conn.), Steve Weisfeld (N.J.)
Super Featherweight Eight-Round Bout
Misael Lopez – 129 ¾ lbs.
Jordan White – 130 lbs.
Referee: Arthur Mercante; Judges: Glenn Feldman (Conn.), John McKaie (N.Y.), Don Trella (Conn.)
Lightweight Eight-Round Bout
Steven Ortiz – 134 ¾ lbs.
Jeremy Hill – 134 ¾ lbs.
Referee: Danny Schiavone; Judges: Tom Carusone (Conn.), John McKaie (N.Y.), Don Trella (Conn.)
Lightweight Eight-Round Bout
Victor Padilla – 134 lbs.
Thomas Velasquez – 135 lbs.
Referee: Danny Schiavone; Judges: Tom Carusone (Conn.), Ken Ezzo (Conn.), Don Trella (Conn.)
“People are saying this is my step-up fight. I know Teah is a veteran and has beaten some decent prospects. I’m looking forward to bringing the best out of him.
“I think Samuel Teah is going to be a pressure fighter. For sparring, I had an Argentinian and a few Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan fighters that put on a good pressure. I got great work.
“March 10, I’m here to give the people what they want. People want to see knockouts so that’s what I’m here to do. Every time I get in the ring, I’m learning something new. By me knocking these guys out, of course, my confidence is growing each fight but I can’t underestimate anyone.
“Definitely, by the end of 2021, I would love to have my hands on some sort of world title. Whether it’s the IBO or WBA world title, Jaron Ennis won a world title, and I think it’s almost time for me to go for mine.
“As far as my conditioning goes, I’m sparring for 13 rounds straight. I’m conditioned if I need to turn it on.
“Teah’s never been stopped before. I know he’s going to be aggressive and come forward. He’s a combination puncher and likes to hit the body. Whatever he brings to the table, I’m ready to do what I do. The test would be if he took me to later rounds since I’ve never been past four.”
“Since the fight came together, I’ve familiarized myself with Lee, but prior to that, I wasn’t too familiar with him. On paper, he would be the best prospect I’ve faced, but skills-wise, you never know until you get in there with him. Plus, I’m at a different skill level in my career now than when I fought some of the other top prospects like Montana Love, so I kind of look at the opposition differently now.
“We’re not going to discredit the knockouts that he has, but at the end of the day, pretty much all of those guys just came in the ring to survive. I’m not going in there just to survive. He hasn’t faced anybody like me, and I’ve faced much higher quality opposition. He’ll realize the quality in me is far greater than everybody he has faced.
“I can show him a lot that he hasn’t seen before in the ring. In the last fight that he had, he fought a guy that went in there with a mindset that he wasn’t going to give any respect to the fact that Brandun Lee has a great record with a bunch of KOs in a row. He came in there, and in my opinion, he beat the breaks off him in the second round. The stop was premature, and quite frankly, I don’t think Lee has been in front of anybody who has a jab like mine.
“A win in this fight would mean everything. I feel like beating Sonny Fredrickson was great for my career, but because of the fact that it wasn’t televised and it happened at a charity event, it kind of flew under the radar and got swept under the rug. This caliber of a win on national TV would catapult my career to a whole different level.”
“I know Jordan White is a good fighter and a good step up for me. I know many guys here in Colorado saw him in the amateurs, and he’s a good East Coast fighter. He’s got good speed and I respect his talent for sure. He’s a good counterpuncher. But I think I could take him out with my pressure – my pressure will break him.
“I don’t want to think about my layoff and use it as an excuse. I feel good and have been good sparring with Jamel Herring and Gabriel Flores. The training was there.
“I have two kids now, and that’s my major motivation. I’m pretty locked in when I get in the ring, so not having fans there won’t bother me.
“I’ve got a good team behind me and everything I can ask for. Now it’s just about taking care of business, and I think by the end of the year, I’ll be a contender. I do not doubt it. I’m hungry and training full-time where I was doing construction before. Now I’m focused on my career 100 percent.”
“We’ve been working hard. I don’t think the layoff is going to affect me at all. We’ve been getting some good sparring, and we recently built a gym in our backyard to help us with training and sparring. We have a ring and everything we need. Everything is going according to plan, and I think March 10 will be a great show.
“When I fought Adam Lopez, I was 18 years old, and I broke my left hand in the first round. That was the cause of the loss, but I fought my heart out, and I think I showed a lot that night. It’s not the dog in the fight; it’s the fight in the dog. That’s what I learned that night.
“I watched a little bit of film on Misael Lopez. He’s a good opponent for me. He’s undefeated. It’s definitely going to be a good fight. I’m a versatile fighter, so I look at it as what I’m going to do to him rather than what he’s going to do to me. I have a game plan. He’s going to have to adjust to me, not the other way around.
“I’m a much better fighter than when I fought Adam Lopez four years ago. First off, my hand is healthy. But I’ve been training so much harder, and I feel like I’ve developed as a fighter. Mentally and physically. When I fought Adam Lopez, I should have been fighting at 130. It was tough for me to make 126. I look forward to fighting him again. That’s definitely on my list.
“I think I have one of the best jabs in the game. I’m a very elusive fighter. I have many styles, and I can show them way better than I can describe them. I have great speed. Great power and definitely a great IQ. I may be ‘Short Dog,’ but I’m always the big dog in the ring!”
“I contracted the COVID virus maybe four or five months back. I beat it, though. I got by it. I had minor symptoms, but my wife, she was very ill and pregnant at the time. It affected her really badly, and it was a scary situation. But everything’s fine now, and the baby came out fine.
“I don’t know much about Jeremy Hill. He’s six-foot-tall, pretty long reach. I’ve seen a few videos, not too much. He’s pretty sharp, pretty competitive, so I’m looking for an entertaining fight.
“I see myself becoming a world champion, just like Tevin Farmer. We’ve worked together in camps in the past.
“I’m just anxious to break ice at the moment. I haven’t fought in a year and a half due to COVID. I had a few opportunities last year, but they all fell through. I will definitely be more consistent after this fight.”
“This is a make-or-break opportunity for me. With all my years of hard work, this is what it comes down to. It’s a better life for my family and me. It’s that time for me to take the next step in my career and make my greatness be shown. It’s time to show why my manager Adam Glenn believes in me and why the city of New Orleans believes in me.
“I don’t feel like I’m playing catchup because I had a late start in boxing. I never thought of it like that. I tell myself that everybody has their own path that starts at a different time, and I was blessed enough to be gifted at it, and I excelled the way that I did through my hard work and my talents.
“The short notice won’t impact me at all. I’ve had enough time to prepare. I train year-round, so I don’t have to get ready. We stay ready for opportunities that hopefully come along. And this opportunity came up, and I’m ready for it.
“I’ve seen a little bit of tape on Ortiz. All I know is that he can’t beat me. I’m a versatile fighter. I can take it inside or stay outside if I need to. Many guys that I fight are shorter than me, so they try to take it inside. I made sure that I did have that in my arsenal so that when I do have those pressure fighters who are good at getting on the inside, I know how to handle myself in tight quarters.”
“I used to be a wild, wild kid, and that created the power in my punch. As the years went by, I would punch the bag hard. I actually watched a lot of Roberto Duran, and he hits the bag hard. So that made me hit the bag hard to create more power. Duran, Mike Tyson, and Sugar Ray (Leonard). Those are my favorite fighters.
“We aren’t looking for any knockouts. I’m trying to change my ways. I’m trying to show my abilities and do what I do. Suppose I can get the knockout, great. But I’ll just try to punish. I hit hard in both hands. I’ve got eight rounds, and I’m not in any rush. I’ll just take it round by round.
“I’ve been waiting 13 years for this. I’ve been training for a whole year straight, going hard. No gimmicks or any funny stuff. No days off. Every Sunday, I go and bike 26 miles. I actually had two fights lined up, but the COVID pandemic messed those opportunities up. I believed the big opportunity was going to come, so I just stayed ready and focused. And here I am.
“I’ve never been knocked out in sparring or been rocked in a fight. I just want to go out there and have fun. I like to fight, but you’re going to see a new me. Now I’m boxing. I have power and the ability to outbox anybody. I’m now taking it page by page. I’m slowing it down, taking guys apart.”
“I would describe my boxing style as an offensive fighter. I use my jab well. All I know about Padilla is that he’s left-handed, and he likes to throw power punches. So I just need to box him. We prepared in camp for his style. I sparred with southpaws, and I’m very comfortable with it.
“Since I’ve started working with Hamza Muhammad, I’ve been becoming a better boxer. My last fight compared to the fight before that – I definitely think I’ve upped my game. This fight on March 10, you’re going to see even more of that.
“It doesn’t matter that he’s a local guy close to where I’m from in Philly. Being in any fight is motivation enough because I love boxing. I love being in the ring, so anything that has me back in the ring has me excited and motivated, regardless of who it is.
“I now have twin girls, and they are my motivation. I don’t want my girls to grow up the way I did in poverty. So I need to push harder. I need to do that extra round, that extra mile. I need to spar with better people. People that are going to whoop on me because I need that push and I need to do more so they don’t have to go through the same struggles I did growing up.”