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Brandun Lee makes ShoBox debut on Sept. 20

The 140/147 prospect will face Milton Arauz in the show’s opener.

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

140/147 prospect Brandun Lee will make his ShoBox debut on Friday, Sept. 20, facing Nicaragua’s Milton Arauz in an eight-round bout, opening a three-fight bill on Showtime from Midland, Texas.

Lee (15-0, 13 KO), is a 20-year-old California fighter, and was just in action on Aug. 23 in Oklahoma, where the ShoBox brass got a chance to see him on the prelim card, wiping out Francisco Medel in just 31 seconds. Apparently, they liked the look of the youngster, and he’s getting his TV break.

“I’m really excited about my first television fight on ShoBox and my first eight-round fight,” Lee said. “I’m in camp training really hard with my dad and trainer. This is an amazing opportunity for me. I will not disappoint on Sept. 20.”

Arauz (10-1-1, 5 KO), frankly, looks likely to turn out to be a showcase foe, but Lee has been matched very soft thus far, too. The 27-year-old from Nicaragua is 1-1-1 in his last three, losing a DQ in May 2017, winning a low-level fight in July 2018, and going to a draw with Winston Campos on Aug. 3, all three of those fights coming in Managua. He’s never fought outside of Managua, in fact.

But Arauz will surely show up and do his best, and he’s getting the chance to break out just as much as Lee is.

“I’m very excited to showcase my talent on such a big network,” Arauz said. “Knowing so many great fighters had the opportunity to fight on ShoBox, I’m ready to put on a show. Also being able to come to the United States for the first time. I’m ready to give it my all and put on a great performance.”

The main event will see Michael Dutchover, an exciting lightweight prospect, take on Thomas Mattice in a 10-round fight, while the skilled Ruben Villa faces Enrique Vivas in a clash of unbeaten 126-pound prospects.

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