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July 10, 2023
By: Kirk Jackson
Unbeaten light heavyweights Clay Waterman and Kenmon Evans will square off in a new SHOBOX: The New Generation eight-round telecast opener as the popular prospect series returns to Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y., during International Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend on Friday, June 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT live on SHOWTIME.
Waterman (10-0, 8 KOs) had a solid amateur career with a record of 140-20. A 2011 junior world champion, the Queensland, Australia native was a 2018 Commonwealth Games medalist and 2019 Asian Grand Slam champion. He is an eight-time Golden Gloves champion and 13-time state champion. Waterman is managed by Brendan Bourke.
Evans (10-0-1, 3 KO’s) of Port Orange, Fla., is promoted by International Boxing Hall of Famer and former world champion Christy Martin and trained by Pete White. As an amateur, Evans suffered just one loss with 29 victories. He won the Florida Golden Gloves in 2013 and the Florida PAL tournament in 2012. One of 16 children, Evans served eight months in jail in 2014 on a charge that was eventually dropped.
After his release, he decided to turn pro. He also teaches youth boxing classes at Pete White’s gym.
“Evans is a real success story,” said Martin. “He got out of jail and he’s going to stay out.”
True testament to turning your life around from unsavory circumstances and creating positive outcomes not only for self, but outcomes that directly affect others in a positive way.
Top-10 ranked light heavyweight Ali Izmailov (10-0, 7 KO’s) faces his toughest test to date when he takes on fellow unbeaten and highly decorated amateur Charles Foster (22-0, 12 KO’s) in the 10-round SHOBOX® main event.
In the co-feature, highly regarded prospect Richard Vansiclen (13-0-1, 6 KO’s) from Seattle, Wash., faces fellow unbeaten hard-hitting Colombian Juan Carrillo (10-0, 8 KO’s) in a 10-round super middleweight matchup.
Vansiclen, Washington Huskies alum, was also a NCBA Champion (National Collegiate Boxing Association) in the amateurs and has proven thus far to showcase a great measure of intelligence inside the ring as he has outside the ring.
Ryan Martin (25-2, 15 KO’s) was originally slated to take on former SHOBOX main-event winner and rising super lightweight prospect Mykquan Williams (19-0-1, 8 KO’s) in a 10-round super lightweight bout before Martin pulled out due to personal reasons.
Catch this event Friday, June 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT live on SHOWTIME.