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250th edition of ShoBox set for Jan. 17, 2020 in Iowa

Vladimir Shishkin, Shohjahon Ergashev, and Ja’Rico O’Quinn return on the tripleheader.

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

ShoBox: The New Generation will take to the airwaves for the 250th time on Friday, Jan. 17, live from WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa, featuring returns for Vladimir Shishkin, Shohjahon Ergashev, and Ja’Rico O’Quinn in a tripleheader.

Shishkin (9-0, 6 KO) will be in the main event, a 10-round super middleweight fight against Ulises Sierra (15-0-2, 9 KO), a 30-year-old from San Diego who will look to make his mark and upset the 28-year-old Shishkin, a Detroit-based Russian who expects to be a contender.

“Training with Sugar Hill at Kronk Gym is going really well, and I can guarantee that I will be ready and I will put my newly learned skills to use,” Shishkin said. “I hope for another emphatic victory that impresses the American boxing fans. I’m looking forward to putting on a great fight and letting the champions at 168 know that this is my year.”

“I’m happy for the opportunity to face a good opponent and I’ll use him as a stepping stone to get where I want to get,” said Sierra. “I still have a month of preparation to get into the best shape of my life. I know Shishkin is undefeated and has a Russian amateur pedigree. It’ll be the hardest fight of my career, but I will do anything and everything to come out victorious.”

Ergashev (17-0, 15 KO) is a 28-year-old Uzbek fighter, also based in Detroit now, a southpaw 140-pounder who was supposed to face Keith Hunter in a title eliminator on Showtime’s Jan. 10 card. But with Hunter hurt, Ergashev wants to stay busy, and he’ll face Adrian Estrella (29-4, 24 KO), a 27-year-old Mexican fighter who earlier this year upset previously-undefeated Oscar Duarte on a Golden Boy card before taking a narrow majority decision defeat on the road in Canada against Tony Luis.

“I am adding new dimensions to my game and plan on making a big statement in the first ShoBox of the year,” said Ergashev. “2020 is going to be my year and I am going to set the tone in my fight with Estrella.”

“This is an opportunity I’m going to take full advantage of,” said Estrella. “I’ve been in camp for the last two months, so I’ll be in perfect shape to go in there and do my thing. I know Ergashev is a southpaw and a hard puncher with a big KO record, but I’ve been in this situation before. I have too much experience for him. Knowing that if I win this fight I could get a world title shot is all the motivation I need.”

Ergashev-Estrella is set for 10 rounds in the junior welterweight division.

The opening fight of the broadcast will be an eight round junior bantamweight bout, pitting Detroit’s O’Quinn (13-0-1, 8 KO) against Oscar Vasquez (15-2-1, 3 KO), a 32-year-old from Reno who is 0-1-1 in his last two.

“The time has finally come,” said O’Quinn. “It’s my time to show the world who the king is on live TV. For those that don’t know, Jan. 17, I’m going to show the world greatness in its purest form. They are going to see charisma, skills and explosiveness. I know I’m fighting a tough competitor. He’s not coming to lay down. I’m coming prepared for war. It’s going to be a great night for boxing in the super flyweight division. I’m putting all the champions on notice.”

“Training in Reno is going amazing,” said Vasquez. “It’s such a tremendous opportunity for my life. I’m trying to get to a high ranking and it’s a dream come true. I know O’Quinn is undefeated. He’s a boxer who likes to grab a lot. He doesn’t like pressure. I’m hoping I will tire him out. I think he’ll eventually give in as the fight goes on if I put on a lot of pressure. In the later rounds, he won’t even want to come out of his corner.”

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