Tonight at 10 pm ET on Showtime, ShoBox: The New Generation returns with a tripleheader from Sloan, Iowa, headlined by super middleweights Ronald Ellis and Junior Younan fighting for the vacant USBA belt.
Ellis (14-0-1, 10 KO) and Younan (13-0, 9 KO) should provide some action in that main event. Both can punch and are hungry fighters on the rise. Ellis’ only blemish was a draw against Jerry Odom in February 2016, which aired on ShoBox. Younan is looking for an early knockout.
Ellis-Younan is set for 10 rounds.
In the co-feature, lightweights Thomas Mattice (10-0, 8 KO) and Rolando Chinea (15-1-1, 6 KO) will square off in an eight-round bout. Chinea has won five straight since a 2015 loss, including ShoBox wins over O’Shaquie Foster and Kenneth Sims Jr. Mattice is stepping up in competition.
The opener is another eight-round bout, in the junior welterweight division. Montana Love (8-0, 4 KO) is stepping up off the untelevised undercard, replacing Wellington Romero against Sam Teah (12-1-1, 5 KO), another fighter who’s been featured on this series in the past.
- Ronald Ellis and Junior Younan fought to a split draw (96-94, 94-96, 95-95)
- Thomas Mattice def. Rolando Chinea by TKO (1:31 of round 7)
- Montana Love def. Sam Teah by majority decision (76-76, 78-74, 78-74)
RONALD ELLIS vs JUNIOR YOUNAN
Round 1: Both guys coming out throwing real shots, so we might be in for a good one here, knock on wood. Younan has the clearly superior hand speed, but we’ll see how much that matters. Ellis backs Younan to the corner and throws, but Younan punches his way out of there, a great exchange. Younan really loading up on the hook and not landing it. Fun first round. I liked Younan a bit more. Younan 10-9
Round 2: Second round cools down a little bit, which was probably inevitable. Ellis ends the round backing Younan to a corner and landing some good shots. Ellis’ right hand got there consistently in that spot. That last flurry takes the round for Ellis on my card. Ellis 10-9, 19-19
Round 3: Another good corner exchange to start this round, that one perhaps won by Younan again. Younan with a nice left. Younan spins out of the corner, then lands a good shot to the body. Ellis with a right hand up top. Younan slowing the pace some this round, keeping distance, but really throwing hard when he does throw, looking to do some counter work. Nobody got a ton done this round, could go either way. I lean to Younan, thought he controlled the tempo and landed the better shots. Younan 10-9, 29-28
Round 4: Ellis corners Younan and looks to unload, got a couple body shots in and a left to the head before Younan got out again. Younan reaching on his shots a lot right now. Good exchange in the corner again, again that one goes to Younan, last one went to Ellis. Younan has a lot of raw skill and to me needs a bit more polish to make him really dangerous, and that should come with time and facing better opposition. Younan with a sneaky little left hand before the bell. Younan 10-9, 39-37
Round 5: Younan really starting to stick and move and make Ellis look stationary and slow. He really has talent to burn. Tighten him up some and he’s going to be something. Not that this fight is over, by any means. But Younan looking in control as we hit the halfway point. Younan consistently gets out of corners really well, too. Younan 10-9, 49-46
Round 6: SHO team is all split up. Farhood has the same card I do, Tompkins has it 3-2 Younan, and Marquez has it 3-2 Ellis. Younan pretty quiet this round, not that Ellis is doing a whole lot more. With 30 seconds left, Ellis has landed four punches and Younan just two. Left to the body from Younan, but I lean to Ellis for coming forward in a round where nobody did fuck all. Ellis 10-9, Younan 58-56
Round 7: Younan’s trainer between rounds: “You wanna give this fight away? Then what the fuck are you doing?” Ellis comes out fast this round, landing a few shots. Younan throws back, but misses pretty much everything. Younan still not throwing enough. They exchange again, Ellis makes him miss more. Ellis with a nice combination, backing Younan to the ropes, and Younan did not slip out as easily this time. Ellis really starting to bring the fight to Younan, and we’re getting a really interesting prospect clash now. Good right up top from Ellis! Younan backs down before tying up. Big round for Ronald Ellis, as he lands another right late. Ellis 10-9, Younan 67-66
Round 8: Ellis starting to fight with a lot more vigor now. Younan with a couple good shots to the body. He’s marching forward now, at his corner’s demand. Raul really doesn’t seem high on Younan, but there’s a hook and a chopping right from Younan. He’s fighting really well now, so we know he can come forward and succeed. Younan just WINGING heavy shot after heavy shot. Wild shit. He’s just UNLOADING on Ellis right now, my God. You really never see anything like this in pro boxing, this is as close to Rocky punching as you’ll get in a real pro fight between decent or better fighters. Younan may have punched himself out, and he’s definitely back to moving backwards. But this was his round, no question. Younan 10-9, 77-75
Round 9: Younan on the back foot again to start this round, clearly still sucking air a bit. He leaps forward with a hook that nicks Ellis’ glove. Ellis really needs to capitalize on Younan backing away, but he’s not doing it right now. Not that it’s easy, but you’d like him to be able to press the issue more. This is a “steal in the last 30 seconds” round, nobody’s doing much. Ellis landed a couple shots, that’s his round. Not a statement round, but I think you have to go to Ellis. Ellis 10-9, Younan 86-85
Round 10: Both guys need this round. This is very possibly one point either way right now, and I could see it either way with a couple swing rounds involved. Younan has very little zip left on his punches. His right hand, as Farhood points out, is another thing that needs work. He was real hook happy early on, and there might be a reason for that. It’s clearly his best punch, and his right isn’t great at all. But again, young and time to work, and talent to work with, too. Ellis the more active in the first half of this round. Younan just seems to have no energy left for a big last round. Younan with a hook up top, but nothing on it, and Ellis lands a better uppercut in return, Younan backing down again. Ellis slips in a good jab with Younan charging forward. I’ve got this fight even. Ellis 10-9, 95-95
THOMAS MATTICE vs ROLANDO CHINEA
Round 1: Chinea is a really fun pressure fighter, and he goes right at Mattice and targets the body. Mattice wants to box, but the pressure is troubling him early. Chinea is just right on top of him, and Mattice can’t set for anything. Meanwhile, Montana Love wanders ringside in his sombrero and ring jacket before taking a seat to watch fellow Clevelander Mattice fight. First round to Chinea. Chinea 10-9
Round 2: Chinea again right at Mattice to start the round, just charging at him. Mattice pinned against the ropes, Chinea throws and throws, Mattice moves, but gets run right back to the ropes. Mattice with a good shot when he finally gets some space. Chinea with a nice sweeping right hand with Mattice against the ropes. Mattice cannot deal with the pressure so far. Stiff right from Mattice. Chinea gets hit here and there, but he’s owning the tempo. The “T” over Mattice’s groin on his trunks has fallen off. Good left hand counter from Mattice. He found some openings this round, but it was a Chinea round for me. If Mattice had landed a few more good shots, it’d be a tougher argument. Chinea 10-9, 20-18
Round 3: Chinea remains strictly on top of Mattice. Mattice getting a shot back now and then, but he’s on the ropes, corner-to-corner, he cannot get space. Another clear round for Chinea. Pressure, pressure, pressure. Chinea 10-9, 30-27
Round 4: Chinea not a big puncher, which will keep him from becoming a top fighter, but man can he apply pressure. I mean, there’s not a lot more to say right now. That’s the fight. Chinea’s pressure and Mattice trying desperately to defend against it, and failing, frankly, to get his own offense going. Chinea 10-9, 40-36
Round 5: Mattice finally standing his ground a bit in the center of the ring, and lands a nice right hand at the end of a combo. He’s really trying to fight back now, which is good, because I really think he’s down 4-0 with four to go. Mattice started well, but as the round wears on, Chinea starts getting the pressure going again. Mattice can still win this round, though, and he needs it. I’m gonna nick this one to Mattice, Chinea’s pressure wasn’t as effective finally. Mattice 10-9, Chinea 49-46
Round 6: Chinea looking better conditioned, especially with Mattice missing wild, hard-swung power shots at center ring. Chinea’s winning the fight at center ring now, too, just letting his hands fly and putting shots together. Chinea backs him to the ropes and works again. Mattice is having a horrible time in this style matchup. Chinea 10-9, 59-55
Round 7: Chinea with good early pressure in the round, but Mattice turns him around against the ropes, lands a HARD right hand to the chin, and just UNLOADS! Chinea in trouble! He’s down and it’s over! BIG COMEBACK WIN FOR THOMAS MATTICE! Mattice TKO-7
SAM TEAH vs MONTANA LOVE
Round 1: Teah looking to lead the action early on, Love is very loose; as Farhood says, if he was any looser he’d be coming apart at the seams. Love’s straight left getting through out of the southpaw stance. Love with a little counter left, then a straight left again. Love swings a right hook, misses. Another left, though. Love talking a bunch, but he’s looking sharp. Teah mostly felt it out this round. Love 10-9
Round 2: Love showing off his speed early in the round, looking every bit like a guy with some good amateur experience, which he is. Both guys opening up a bit more here in the second frame. Love doing a good job keeping the distance he wants. Love continuing to jibber-jabber, too. Love’s slickness is carrying the early rounds, making Teah look slow and a little clumsy. Love 10-9, 20-18
Round 3: Between rounds, Love’s corner pressed for body work. Teah gets to the body first with a counter right. Another body shot from Teah, heads come close to clashing hard on that one. Love to the body with a left. Love still controlling the tempo and range of this fight. It’s being fought on his terms. Love also discourages Teah from coming in by flicking both hands out even when he’s not setting up for anything, really. He’s got Teah looking confused and a little out of ideas. Love 10-9, 30-27
Round 4: Lead left from Love to start the action. Love is fighting with a ton of confidence at this point — has from the start, actually. Little check hook from Love catches Teah. Teah having a slightly better round here, but not enough for me. He landed a good hook in the round, but got caught with a right a moment later, too. Love 10-9, 40-36
Round 5: Feet getting tied up a bit early in the round. ShoStats have this a lot closer than it really is; all three of the commentators have it 4-0, same as I do. They’re expressing some concern about inexperienced officials in Iowa, and I get it, but it’s not like experienced judges do so great. Love literally yelling at his corner now: “Watch this! I’m settin’ it up!” Farhood calls Teah “heavy-legged” in this fight. Love moving with purpose, slipping shots, but has two warnings for pulling Teah’s head down. Love isn’t exactly thrilling in this fight, but Teah is doing even less to impress. Love 10-9, 50-45
Round 6: Teah’s trainer between rounds: “We came all the way to Iowa for this? Fight him, man!” Love told his trainer, “I’m gonna get him out of here.” According to ShoStats, Teah landed one punch in round five. Teah really trying to pick it up to start this round, though. He’s throwing with a lot more purpose. Love resets, lets a four-punch combo go. It mostly got blocked, but it looked good. Teah slows down again as we pass the halfway point, and Love takes advantage. He’s got Teah on the ropes and is looking to do damage. Gotta point out that Love has never fought past six rounds, and only done that once. Heads nearly come together again late in the round. This one was closer, and I’ll shade it to Teah. Teah 10-9, Love 59-55
Round 7: Love still leading the dance early in this round. Love with a nice four-punch combo, and Teah looks like he’s in just a bit of trouble before he ties up. That was the nicest flurry of the fight. Another couple of shots late for Love. Clear round for him. Love 10-9, 69-64
Round 8: Love with a body-head combo. He’s still in control of this, and fighting with the intention of being in control. Love’s just a better fighter, that’s what we’ve learned tonight. He didn’t wipe Teah out or beat him up, really, but he was clearly superior in the fight. Teah just didn’t get anything going. Love just a better-schooled, more skilled boxer. It showed the entire fight. Teah trying to do something late, but it’s too little. Love 10-9, 79-73