ShoBox: The New Generation will have some international flavor on September 10, as the Friday night Showtime series dedicated to up-and-coming fighters taking challenges heads to London's York Hall, with John O'Donnell and Tyson Fury in co-headlining bouts.
O'Donnell (23-1, 11 KO) has been in with very weak competition thus far in his six-year pro career. The welterweight originally from Galway, Ireland (now based in London) will take a big leap forward when he faces American veteran and 1996 Olympic bronze medalist Terrance "Heat" Cauthen (35-6, 9 KO). Cauthen is a journeyman pro, but a much better boxer than O'Donnell has yet faced in his career.
O'Donnell isn't worried, but is aware of the risk he's taking with such a leap in class. "This is a step up in class for me, Cauthen is a slick experienced southpaw who has a good reputation in the U.S. and a great amateur pedigree having won a bronze medal in the Olympics for the USA. I won't be underestimating this guy, but I am out to put on a good show and take him out in style, and show the American audience what I am all about."
O'Donnell-Cauthen will be joined by the American TV debut of motor-mouth young heavyweight Tyson Fury (11-0, 9 KO). Fury, at 6'7", is still awkward in the ring because of his massive size. Weighing in at a career-high 270 pounds for his last fight, Fury looked to be in better shape than usual, having put on some muscle. At 22, he's still incredibly raw, but has shown serious heart already, including his June 25 rematch with veteran John McDermott, which turned into a rough and tumble war of wills, with McDermott all but collapsing from the fatigue of a good-paced, hard-hitting fight in the ninth round. It was a back-and-forth battle and one of the best heavyweight fights of 2010.
No opponent has been named yet for Fury, who won the English heavyweight title in that fight. The show will also be broadcast on the Super Channel Network in Canada, and a U.K. broadcaster will be announced soon. There has been some talk that ITV might get back into the boxing game.