Quadrupleheader Announced For Salita Promotions' "Detroit
City Gold" On March 10
Six prospects will round out the ShoBox: The New Generation
televised bouts for Salita Promotions' "Detroit City Gold"
on Friday, March 10, at MGM Grand Detroit, live on SHOWTIME
(10 p.m. ET/PT).
In addition to the history-making six-round main event
featuring two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields
(1-0) of Flint, Mich., taking on Hungary's Szilvia "Sunset"
Szabados (15-8, 6 KOs) for the Women's NABF Middleweight
Championship, there will be a trio of exciting bouts between
rising prospects with a combined record of 80-2-5 with 39
"Detroit City Gold" will mark the first time in history a
women's boxing match has headlined on premium television.
Shields and Szabados will also be the first women's fight on
ShoBox, a series that has sparked the careers of 67 future
Antonio Nieves vs. Nikolay Potapov - 10-Round Bantamweight
The co-main event will feature a 10-round battle between
top-10 ranked bantamweight contenders Antonio Nieves
(17-0-2, 9 KOs) and Nikolay Potapov (16-0-1, 8 KOs). Nieves
is ranked No. 4 in the WBO, while Potapov is ranked No. 9 by
the WBO, No. 10 by WBA and No. 13 by the IBF.
Nieves, a top amateur, was a five-time Cleveland Metro
Golden Gloves Champion. In 2011, he was the National Golden
Gloves runner-up and U.S. Nationals Bronze Medalist at 123
A pro since November 2011, he won the initial 12 fights of
his career before boxing to an eight-round draw with Stephon
Young on June 20, 2015. The NABO bantamweight champion, he
has gone 6-0-1 since and is coming off a second-round TKO
over Szilvester Ajtai last Nov. 26. In August 2016, he
fought to a 10-round split draw against Mexico's Alejandro
Santiago on ShoBox.
Because they are both residents of Ohio, Nieves has long
clamored for a showdown with former WBA Champion and fellow
118-lb contender Rau'shee Warren. A victory over Potapov may
put him in the right position to have his wish granted later
"I feel great about this opportunity and I'm going to take
advantage of it," said Nieves. "He's a good fighter. He
comes forward and throws a lot of punches. He's got a solid
foundation. I believe it'll be a good fight but, overall,
I'll be able to outbox him. I can make him make mistakes and
take advantage of it. I will be 100 percent ready to show
everybody the real Antonio Nieves. I'll use my legs more and
throw a lot of combinations. I will box my way to my big
The 26-year-old Potapov was an outstanding amateur with
international success. The 5-foot-4 native of Russia had
around 200 fights before he turned pro in March 2010. He
went 13-0 as a pro in Russia before his U.S. debut.
Potapov had a 14-fight winning streak ended when he boxed
still-undefeated prospect Stephon Young (13-0 going in) to a
10-round majority draw on April 15, 2016, on ShoBox. Potapov,
who felt he had done more than enough to earn a victory,
entered the ring ranked 10th in the IBF, rare for a fighter
at that point in his career.
Since the disappointing result against Young, Potapov has
fought twice, leaving nothing in the hands of the judges by
winning both by early round knockout. He's coming off a
fourth-round TKO over Alexander Saltykov last Dec. 15.
"I have been training in Russia and am excited to be in
Detroit (since Feb. 1) training at the Kronk Gym with
world-class trainer Javan SugarHill Steward," Potapov said.
"Antonio Nieves is a very talented fighter and I look
forward to a great exciting fight of skill and will on March
Wesley Tucker vs. Ed Williams - Eight Round Welterweight
Also on ShoBox: The New Generation will be an eight-round
welterweight battle between local prospects with much to
prove, Wesley Tucker (13-0, 8 KOs) and Ed Williams (12-1-1,
The 29-year-old Tucker, of Toledo, Ohio, was a standout
amateur. He was the 2012 National Golden Gloves runner-up at
152 pounds and had over 250 amateur fights. As a
professional, he's stayed relatively active since his debut
in February 2013, but the 5-foot-8 southpaw has been
virtually untested. Tucker will be looking to score his
first significant professional victory against Williams.
"I feel good. Excited about the opportunity," said Tucker.
"He's a tough fighter from Detroit. But I'm better. I've
seen every kind of style there is. You can expect fireworks
that night. I'm 100 percent ready."
Detroit's Ed Williams is coming off a unanimous decision
victory over then 6-1 Christon Edwards, last July at the MGM
in Las Vegas. The 27-year-old suffered his lone career loss
in November 2015 via unanimous decision to Marcus Beckford
in Beckford's home state of Louisiana. As an amateur,
Williams was a two-time Michigan State Champion and a
two-time Detroit Golden Gloves Champion.
"I feel like this is a great opportunity to fight at home
and on TV," said Williams. "It's the first fight at the MGM,
first women's bout to headline. There's a lot of firsts
going on that night and it's a big stage, but I'm not afraid
of anything. I don't know much about Tucker other than he's
from Oho and he's shorter than me. I'm just going to prepare
for everything. One thing about me -- I'm a gladiator. If he
doesn't show up to go to war, I will get him out of there.
Training is going great. I'm in Houston for this camp. I'm
working on a lot of things and getting sharper and staying
James Gordon Smith vs. Joshua Greer, Jr. - Eight Round
Opening the telecast will be an eight-round bantamweight
"Detroit vs. Chicago" showdown between James Smith (11-0, 6
KOs) and Joshua Greer, Jr. (11-1-1, 4 KOs).
The 26-year-old Smith was a standout amateur, going 110-9 en
route to a bronze medal at the National Golden Gloves. He
holds an amateur win over current top-10 bantamweight
Smith, a 5-foot-4, is making his ninth start in Michigan,
his seventh in Detroit and first at MGM Grand. A six-year
pro, Smith has been victorious in three consecutive matches
since a no-contest on Feb. 6, 2016. He is coming off a
second-round TKO over Szilveszter Ajtai last Jan. 22 in his
fourth consecutive scrap at Masonic Temple in Detroit.
"This is a great opportunity to better my career and keep
moving it into the right place," said Smith. "A victory
would get me ranked and keep me moving up the ladder. Plus
the world will get to see me for the first time. I want to
put on a good show, no matter how it goes. I just want it to
be a competitive and exciting fight."
Greer, a 22-year-old Chicago native, was a Chicago Golden
Gloves Champion. He will be coming down in weight to face
Smith, having normally campaigned around 120 pounds. He was
last seen stopping Cristian Renteria in the fifth round in
October of last year. Before that he took the undefeated
record of the Dominican Republic's Juan Gabriel Medina (then
10-0, 9 KOs) via unanimous six-round decision.
Greer suffered the lone loss of his career in the fifth
fight of his career, a majority four-round decision against
fellow unbeaten Stephen Fulton in December 2015.
"I feel really good about this. I'm ready and can't wait for
it to happen," said Greer. "I don't know much about James
Smith, but I know we fought the same opponent, Antwan
Robertson, and he got dropped by him. And I stopped him
within 24 seconds of the first round. Training is going
great. I have the best sparring you can ask for, guys like
Adrian Granados, Eddie Ramirez, Hank Lundy. I will be well
prepared for this fight. If it was tomorrow, I'd be ready."