Tonight's ShoBox: The New Generation starts at 11 p.m. EDT on Showtime, and Bad Left Hook will be here with full coverage.
In the main event, cruiserweight prospect Lateef "Power" Kayode (16-0, 14 KO) meets fringe contender Matt Godfrey (20-2, 10 KO). Kayode is raw, but trained by Freddie Roach, and Godfrey has big questions after his one-sided beatdown loss to Marco Huck in August 2010, his last fight. Godfrey, 30, is a better boxer than Kayode, but the question is whether or not he can handle a power puncher, and Kayode does have zip on his fastball. The fight is scheduled for 10 rounds.
The triple-header will also see Chris Avalos (18-1, 15 KO) take on Khabir Suleymanov (11-0, 5 KO) in a super bantamweight 10-rounder. Avalos, 21, was a hyped bantamweight prospect before losing clearly to Chris Martin last August (despite the split decision scores). But even in his loss, Avalos never gave up trying to win, and came out of the fight with some positives. Suleymanov is a 30-year-old Russian now based in Los Angeles, and this is a step-up fight for him.
The opening bout is an eight-round lightweight fight between Archie Ray Marquez (12-0, 8 KO) and Art Hovhannesyan (13-0-1, 7 KO). Marquez has gotten some pub, but has also shown some vulnerabilities, and reportedly looked very iffy in his last fight, a decision win over a guy who came in with a record of 2-5-3. Hovhannesyan is stepping up in competition here for sure, but does have a W over tough vet Cristian Favela, who is better than anyone Marquez has beaten. Both are really still unknown quantities in many ways, but Marquez has had more hype.