J'Leon Love has been promoted to main card action on Showtime this Saturday. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
This Saturday's special ShoBox: The New Generation card will be headlined by Lucas Matthysse vs Ajose Olusegun, and now middleweight prospect J'Leon Love has been moved into the co-feature slot, per press release from Showtime.
The card was originally to be headlined by the IBF welterweight title fight between Randall Bailey and Devon Alexander, of course, but that bout was called off when Bailey bailed due to a back injury. Matthysse-Olusegun was bumped into the main event role at the Hard Rock in Vegas, and now we've got our second fight.
Love, 24, has a record of 12-0 (7 KO) so far in his pro career, which began in January 2010. The Michigan native has become a fairly well-known prospect, in part because he has a cool name, in part because he's got some legitimate potential to be a player in the boxing world, and in part because he was a member of Antonio Margarito's training camp for the Cotto rematch last December, and got some valuable HBO 24/7 screen time.
Love will be facing Ramon Valenzuela Jr (7-1, 1 KO), and I'd be lying if I said it was a very interesting fight, because it's not, but this was a full fight card that was entirely built around the two main fights originally intended for the Showtime broadcast. Everything else was filler and stay-busy fights, and we're getting the most intriguing fighter of that lot bumped to the main show.
Undercard bouts will again air live at 7 p.m. EDT on Showtime Extreme, with Ishe Smith facing Irving Garcia, and Daquan Arnett taking on Jesus Tavera.