Extra Points: Showtime’s ShowBox returns to Bally’s Atlantic City
By DAVID WEINBERG
Showtime's ShoBox: The New Generation is returning to its roots on Friday night.
The popular boxing series will be staging a card at Bally's Atlantic City, the same venue that hosted its very first show over 20 years ago.
ShoBox: The New Generation debuted on July 7, 2001 at Bally's Ballroom. Future WBA lightweight champion Leonard Dorin earned a ninth-round TKO over then-unbeaten Martin O'Malley, and welterweight Johnny Molnar gained an eight-round technical decision over Victor Rosado.
Friday's card will include a tripleheader featuring fighters with a combined record of 106-3-4 with 72 knockouts.
In the first bout, unbeaten Detroit welterweight Jarlson Figueroa Bocachita (17-0, 11 KOs) will face Venezuela's Roiman Villa (23-1, 23 KOs) in an eight-rounder. Filipino featherweight Bernard Angelo Torres (16-0, 7 KOs) will meet Frency Fortunato Saya (13-1, 10 KOs), of Fort Lauderdale, Florida in a 10-rounder. In the main event, Union City super-lightweight Joseph Adorno (16-1-2, 14 KOs) will fight Argentina's Hugo Alberto Roldan (21-0-1, 7 KOs) in a 12-round bout.
Adorno is pinch-hitting for Trenton's Shinard Bunch (19-1-1, 16 KOs), who was forced to withdraw for personal reasons.
"The opportunity to fight on ShoBox couldn’t have come at a better time in my career," Adorno said in a statement. "I'm eager to showcase my power in front of a national audience. I just fought less than three weeks ago, so I'm already in great shape, and I'm predicting another sensational knockout against Roldan, who's never faced anyone with my power and pedigree."
Five other bouts are scheduled. Doors to Bally's Ballroom open at 6:30 p.m with the first bout set for 7 p.m. ShoBox will begin its telecast at 9 p.m. Tickets range from $75 to $250 and are available through Ticketmaster.com and at Bally's box office.
Notes: In other boxing news, world-ranked Millville middleweight Thomas LaManna (33-5-1, 12 KOs) earned his third straight victory Thursday in Colombia win a win over Venezuela's Michel Marcano (25-6-1, 21 KOs). LaManna is ranked 10th by the WBA.