Tonight at the beautiful Foxwoods Resort Casino, you’ll see firsthand what hard work brings you whether you’re a novice in the fight game or a seasoned pro.
Tonight, our young up-and-comer, our champion with all the tools both in and out of the ring, makes his network television debut on ShoBox: The New Generation, a groundbreaking program celebrating its 15th anniversary as the premier showcase for rising prospects in the sport of boxing.
So it’s only fitting unbeaten Worcester, Mass., junior middleweight Khiary Gray gets the call tonight. Who better than a 23-year-old, hard-hitting knockout artist with a winning attitude and million-dollar smile to open up the 15th anniversary broadcast of a program designed to give fighters like him the opportunity to make their mark in highly-anticipated competitive bouts?
Like we do with all of our fighters, we’ve worked hard to get Khiary Gray to where he is tonight, and he’s put in just as much work in his right, always staying ready, always staying in the game, never turning down a challenge. Not anyone can fight 13 times in less than two years, let alone win each time.
Khiary Gray is a rare breed of fighter, and we’re confident you’ll see that tonight when he battles New Jersey’s Ian Green in the first of four televised bouts on tonight’s event, which we are proudly promoting in association with GH3 Promotions and Sampson Boxing.
What Khiary Gray has accomplished in under 24 months should be a lesson to all young fighters. Work hard and you, too, can get to that next level. But it’s not just about getting there. It’s about staying there. Khiary Gray is no flash in the pan. We’re certain once he wins tonight’s bout and steals the show on a loaded television card, our phones will be ringing off the hook from others in the fight game who want to be a part of what we’re doing in our small corner of the boxing universe.
If you’ve been a frequent fan of ours and have our attended most of our events over the past two years, you’ve seen Khiary Gray and you understand what he brings to the table. You’ve seen the tremendous punching power, the footwork, the speed. You’ve seen his opponents hit the canvas and never make it back to their feet. You’ve heard the roar of his die-hard fans. You’ll hear it even louder tonight.
I’m personally asking each of you who’ve seen Khiary Gray or who’ve bought a ticket to watch this charismatic young man do what he does best to come out to Foxwoods and continue to show your support in what will be the biggest, most important, fight of his life.
One thing Khiary Gray doesn’t need is luck, but he needs our support, and the sport of boxing needs more fighters like him.
This is a dynamic event, featuring other rising stars such as Adam Lopez, the Olympian Julius Jackson, O’Shanique Foster and former Olympic alternates Brent Venegas III and Leroy Davila, both of whom will be featured on the undercard.
Tonight, we also welcome the return of undefeated New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams and proudly introduce the New England debut of our most recent acquisition, undefeated lightweight Divante Jones of Georgia. You’ll soon see both of these tremendous fighters on the big screen, too.
Perhaps the most intriguing, competitive fight on the preliminary card will take place between two more unbeaten prospects, 5-0 David Wilson of Meriden, Conn., and Worcester’s own Kendrick Ball Jr., who is now 2-0 after winning again just seven days ago.
ShoBox: The New Generation has set the bar as the must-watch program for all of boxing’s best young talent and we’re proud to be a part of the movement as it celebrates 15 years as a titan in the industry. We will not disappoint. Join us tonight as the future of the junior middleweight division introduces himself to a whole new audience.