Undefeated Dmitry Bivol vs. Samuel Clarkson Headlines
April 14 ShoBox From National Harbor, MD
Undefeated former Russian amateur standout Dmitry Bivol will
defend his Interim WBA Light Heavyweight Title against
Samuel Clarkson in the 12-round main event of ShoBox: The
New Generation on Friday, April 14 live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m.
ET/PT) at MGM National Harbor in National Harbor, Md., just
outside of Washington, D.C.
Known for his aggressive style, Bivol (9-0, 7 KOs, 2-0 WSB)
was a prominent amateur who is now determined to make his
mark in one of boxing’s toughest weight classes. Clarkson
(19-3, 12 KOs), of Cedar Hill, Texas, has won his last nine
fights in a row and will make his third appearance on
In a co-featured matchup of undefeated welterweight
prospects, former amateur standouts Juan Ruiz (18-0, 11 KOs)
and Malik Hawkins (10-0, 7 KOs) will square off in an
eight-round 147-pound bout.
In the telecast opener, Baltimore featherweight Glenn Dezurn
(8-0, 6 KOs), who is trained by the renowned Barry Hunter,
will take on an opponent to be named in an eight-round bout.
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by Greg Cohen
Promotions and Banner Promotions in association with World
of Boxing and Uprising Promotions, are priced at $103, $73
and $48 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by phone
Dmitry Bivol vs. Samuel Clarkson – 12 Round Light
Bivol, who compiled an impressive amateur record of 285-15,
is looking to break through in a division which features the
likes of Adonis Stevenson, Andre Ward, Sergey Kovalev and
Badou Jack. Last May in Moscow, the 26-year-old won the
Interim WBA Light Heavyweight Title in only his seventh
professional fight with a unanimous decision over previously
undefeated Felix Valera.
Bivol has since won twice, both times on Russian soil,
including a fourth-round knockout of Robert Berridge in
defense of his interim belt.
“I am very glad that this will be my first fight televised
in the U.S.,” said Bivol, who is fighting for the third time
in America. “It’s great that this is main event because that
motivates me. Clarkson is a good defensive fighter. He can
be aggressive and I expect this to be a tough fight. I look
forward to introducing myself to American fans with a great
performance, and I plan to defend my title with an exciting
Clarkson has registered nine consecutive victories following
a loss to the current unbeaten Jesse Hart (21-0). Clarkson
moved up in weight to beat Cedric Agnew (27-1) in February
2015, and has ShoBox knockout wins over Jerry Odom (13-1) in
July 2015 and Lavarn Harvell (15-1) in October 2015.
“This is a huge opportunity to prove my abilities to the
world,” Clarkson said. “Bivol is a crafty fighter from
Russia and had a very impressive amateur career, mostly at
165 pounds. He's a good fighter and I definitely have to
bring my A-game.
“I'm ready for the challenge because I do really well
against European fighters. European fighters are slow and
come forward a lot, and they're not big on head movement. We
are working hard and have a lot of guys in the gym who fight
with a similar style. By fight time I'll be ready for
anything he has.
“I had to make up my mind if I wanted to be the lion or the
lamb and, in the end, I decided I don't like losing. I
rededicated myself and now I can't be stopped.”
Juan Ruiz vs. Malik Hawkins – Eight-Round Welterweight Bout:
The son of a former fighter, Ruiz is originally from
Venezuela and fights out of Baja California, Mexico. He lost
just eight times in 220 amateur fights, was a six-time
Venezuela national champion and was part of the Venezuelan
National Team. The undefeated Ruiz has won via knockout in
seven of his last nine fights.
“This is a golden ticket for me to show what I'm capable
of,” Ruiz said. “I will do my best to give the fans watching
on TV and those attending the fight the best show possible."
The 21-year-old Baltimore-resident Hawkins was 92-8 as an
amateur and shares the same trainer – Calvin Ford – as
stablemate and IBF Junior Lightweight Champion Gervonta
Davis. Hawkins, who was the 2012 Bronze Medalist in the
Junior Olympics, will face his toughest test to date in
fellow undefeated Juan Ruiz.
“This is a huge chance for me to showcase my skills and show
I belong among the best in the welterweight division,”
Hawkins said. “There's nothing he can bring I haven't seen,
and I plan on making him fight my fight.
“I get better when I fight talented fighters. To be honest,
nobody I have fought so far has brought out the best in me,
but I'm hoping that Ruiz does just that. A victory over him
would put me in position to fight the opponents I need to
fight to take that next step toward becoming a contender.”
Glenn Dezurn vs. TBD – Eight-Round Featherweight Bout:
The undefeated Dezurn, who was a three-sport star athlete in
high school, was an amateur standout who compiled an 87-7
record in the unpaid ranks under the tutelage of Barry
Hunter. The Baltimore native is married to female boxer and
U.S. Olympic alternate Franchon Crews, who fought Claressa
Shields in the amateurs and in her pro debut.
Barry Tompkins will call the ShoBox action from ringside
with Steve Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez
serving as expert analysts. The executive producer is Gordon
Hall with Rich Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips