Friday night's ShoBox: The Next Generation competitors are ready for their chance to shine on Showtime.
This Friday night's episode of ShoBox: The New Generation is built to showcase a pair of Puerto Rican prospects, with lightweight Jose Pedraza (10-0, 6 KO) facing late replacement Tevin Farmer (7-3-1, 1 KO), and middleweight Jonathan Cepeda (12-0, 11 KO) taking on Lamar Russ (10-0, 6 KO). Both fights are set for eight rounds. Also, highlights of Jermain Taylor's fight with Raul Munoz will be shown. Bad Left Hook will have live coverage of the show, which starts at 10 pm EDT on Friday night.
"I just want to tell all the people who are coming to the fight and all of the people watching on TV -- get ready because I'm going to put on a show."
"I'm not familiar with my opponent at all. I haven't seen videos. I know my capabilities. I'm slick and fast and I know I've faced tougher. Fighting me will be a step up for him, not a step up for me. I don't have a promoter backing me, I've done this alone."
On an automobile accident that delayed his career about a year:
"There was one lane open, and there was about a 70- or 80-year-old man who fell asleep at the wheel and hit me straight on at 80 miles an hour. I was with a female friend. She broke her shoulder. She had a dog with her and the dog went through the windshield."
"I had injuries to my shoulder and back and a couple of flesh wounds, but nothing serious,'' he said. "I went through physical therapy. Luckily I was able to recover 100 percent. I had angels of my own that day, my Mom's birthday."
"I had personal problems. I'm from the streets where there were gangs, violence. But I went to Florida, went to school, got an education. I saw a whole different life. Now, I'm real happy. I just want to look good and let everyone know I'm the new kid on the block and I demand my respect. I love fighting. I'm excited, happy that this opportunity came along. I'm going in there to take him out."
On facing Cepeda in the amateurs:
"When I fought him in the amateurs, I was disqualified - it was just a bad call. We knew we'd run into him one of these days, and this is it. It's personal, because I feel like he owes me one. As soon as we were offered this fight, we jumped on it. Jonathan is a great guy and he's got great skills but I feel like I'm the better, hungrier fighter. I deserve this. It's going to be an interesting fight."
On his nickname, "The Boxing Que":
"I'm in a fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, at Fayetteville State University. I graduated with a business administration degree in 2011."
Steve Farhood, Showtime Sports
"The next couple of months we're going to see the present and the future of Puerto Rican boxing. On Dec. 1, (Miguel) Cotto, a future Hall of Famer, will be fighting at Madison Square Garden on Showtime and on Friday the fighter that has been called the best prospect since Cotto is fighting on ShoBox."
"Judging by what we saw from Pedraza last time on ShoBox, you can be sure he'll be punching for a knockout."
"If you haven't seen Cepeda, you're going to love him. He's a pure puncher with a knockout artist's mentality. Russ is a lanky boxer-puncher who stands in the pocket, so it should be a great action fight.''