Prospects En Masse: A Fight-By-Fight Preview of the July 25 ShoBox

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From Showtime Boxing Analyst Steve Farhood
The 200th edition of ShoBox gives us pause to look back at some of the world titlists who developed on the series, Chad Dawson, Shawn Porter, Robert Guerrero. Ishe Smith, Ricky Hatton, Timothy Bradley, and Andre Ward among them.

But it’s also no different from most of our shows in that you’ll see a slew of prospects matched tougher than ever before. Six of the eight featured fighters on Friday are ShoBox first-timers, so here’s a fight-by-fight preview. Continue reading

ShoBox: The 10 Best Fighters

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From Showtime Boxing Analyst Steve Farhood
Imagine a prospect so intimidated by the spotlight that on fight night, he’s hesitant to leave his hotel room.

Imagine a prospect so cocksure that he leaves his room thinking he owns not just the hotel, but the entire world.

As we approach the 200th installment of ShoBox, I’m reminded that in 13 years of broadcasts, I’ve seen both examples.

It’s not false advertising: ShoBox really does serve as a launching pad for prospects. But be sure that not all fighters rocket into stardom. True, 54 ShoBox fighters have become world titlists. It’s just as telling, however, that 120 unbeatens have suffered their first loss on the series.

“Separating the pretenders from the contenders.” I’ve heard that line before, probably on ShoBox, probably coming out of my own mouth. Probably a lot more than once.

For now, however, I’m going to separate the champions from the contenders.

Here are my 10 best fighters to emerge from ShoBox, listed alphabetically. Continue reading

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