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ShoBox Preview: Ivan Redkach vs Yakubu Amidu

Ivan Redkach and Ievgen Khytrov are the top prospects featured on tomorrow night's ShoBox: The New Generation.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Showtime will kick off their 2015 boxing schedule tomorrow night with a three-fight ShoBox bill that features top lightweight prospect Ivan Redkach in the main event, and we're here to take a brief look at the three matchups you'll see on the show.

Redkach (17-0, 13 KO) has impressed with solid wins over Tony Luis and Sergey Gulyakevich in his last two outings, going to ten round decisions against both, winning comfortably each time. Now living in Los Angeles, Redkach, 28, is now with power adviser Al Haymon, as well as trainer Robert Garcia, who has excelled working with aggressive-minded fighters like Brandon Rios and Evgeny Gradovich. With Haymon on his side, he hopes to fight more frequently and make a push toward contention in 2015. Redkach's wins over Luis and Gulyakevich were his only two fights in 2014, and he hasn't fought since June.

Redkach isn't trying to look past opponent Yakubu Amidu, but he did tell that if he gets past this fight, he would love a shot at Jorge Linares, who recently picked up the vacated WBC title in Japan.

Amidu (21-5-2, 19 KO) is a threat due to his power, but the 30-year-old Ghanaian isn't a tough nut to crack, either. As Redkach says, he's not a technical fighter, more straight up, and on paper that would seem to give the mechanically sound Redkach an advantage.

Amidu is (or at least was) managed by Hollywood movie star Vince Vaughn (A Case of You, "Doogie Howser, M.D."). That's pretty much his claim to fame, but he's also an exciting fighter who we've seen in some entertaining losses against Ji-Hoon Kim and Chris Rudd on ESPN airwaves in the past. His best night in the ring was probably a 2013 draw against Juan Carlos Burgos, a fight where Amidu came in as a late substitute.

Also featured on the card will be junior middleweight Patrick Day (9-0, 5 KO) of Freeport, New York, who will take on Alantez Fox (13-0-1, 4 KO) of Forestville, Maryland, in an eight-round bout. Both fighters are young at 22, and presumably hungry.

But the best prospect on the bill is arguably middleweight Ievgen Khytrov, "The Ukrainian Lion." Now living in Brooklyn, Khytrov (7-0, 7 KO) has waxed his early opponents, including the capable Willie Fortune last August, a fight that was over in 30 seconds.

As good a prospect as Redkach is in the main event, the real guy to tune in to see just might be Khytrov. He won gold at the 2011 World Amateur Championships in Baku, beating Ryota Murata 24-22 in the final fight of the tournament. Murata, of course, won gold at the 2012 Olympics in London, where Khytrov was involved in one of the biggest controversies of the tournament, losing to Great Britain's Anthony Ogogo (eventual bronze medalist) via countback. Ukraine filed an appeal, which was dismissed, and Khytrov didn't make any big stink about it at the time.

Khytrov will be facing Maurice Louishome (8-0-1, 4 KO), a 37-year-old novice from Colorado Springs.

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