Tonight's edition of ShoBox: The New Generation was a solid throwback version of the program, which was invented to showcase good prospects in matchups that were actually challenging, at least on paper. We got two early stoppages, one real upset, and one fight that went the distance with plenty of action. Not bad.
Antoine Douglas def. Istvan Szili via TKO (0:29 of round 3)
This wound up being no problem at all for Douglas (18-0-1, 12 KO), who dropped Szili (18-1-2, 8 KO) three times en route to the stoppage, with Szili oddly dropping onto his stomach each time. Douglas is a good looking middleweight prospect, but there's still plenty of ground to cover between here and serious contention, even in a weak division. That said, Willie Monroe Jr got to fight Golovkin, so who knows, maybe Douglas will be getting a world title shot by the end of this year.
Arif Magomedov def. Derrick Webster via unanimous decision (99-89, 99-89, 99-89)
Not to be too mean, but Webster was absolutely awful in this fight, fighting like a sparring partner who was trying to give Magomedov "some looks" rather than someone who was there to win a fight. Webster (19-1, 10 KO) just didn't throw punches, and Magomedov (16-0, 9 KO) was all too happy to use that to his advantage, staying busy and outworking Webster handily. It just was not a good performance for Webster at all, and given that he's 6'4" and has mostly fought closer to the super middleweight limit in recent fights, one has to wonder if he might not be better off at that weight. Still, if he's not going to throw punches, this could be the furthest he ever gets in the sport.
Adam Lopez def. Eliecer Aquino via majority decision (95-95, 96-93, 96-93)
In a really entertaining bantamweight battle, Adam Lopez topped Eliecer Aquino via majority decision thanks to some mid-fight adjustments. BLH had it 96-94 for Lopez, giving him "just" a 10-9 in the first round despite a flash knockdown, as Aquino battled back nicely within that round, and stayed in the fight pretty nicely throughout.
But even with Aquino finishing hard and doing his best to pull the upset, it was Lopez (13-0, 6 KO) who took control of the fight in the middle rounds, not allowing Aquino (17-1-1, 11 KO) to stay in his chest and crowd him as he did early, and as he started doing again late. Nothing bad to say about this fight -- this was what we hope for with matchups like this. The fight was designed with a clear favorite, but it wasn't an easy matchup, and though Lopez had a lot of natural advantages, Aquino was determined to take those away with grit. Good stuff.
Samuel Clarkson def. Jerry Odom via TKO (1:15 of round 3)
This was an upset to kick off the show, and Clarkson (15-3, 9 KO) really gave Odom a beatdown after hurting him in round two. Odom went down once in that round, and then two more times in the third before his head was rocked around again, at which point referee Shawn Clark jumped in to stop the fight, to Odom's dismay.
Odom (13-2, 12 KO) was looking pretty solid, but once Clarkson started landing an uppercut and some chopping shots, it was pretty much over. Odom was dropped a second time early in the third round, then dropped a third time, and was on his way down, it appeared, as Clarkson continued to unload, when the referee stopped it. Odom did have his gloves up defending himself, but he wasn't defending very well, and the fight looked seconds from being over either way. There was no three-knockdown rule in effect, but it's unlikely referee Clark would have let the fight continue after another knockdown, and he was right there watching (and hearing) Odom's dome getting thrashed about by Clarkson's fists, so I defer to the referee on this one.
Anyway, it's a pretty decent upset win for Clarkson, but also worth noting that Clarkson didn't make weight for this fight.