Undefeated Welterweight Prospects Malik Hawkins & Carlos
Soto Meet In April 14 ShoBox Co-Main Event
Undefeated welterweight prospect Malik “Ice Man” Hawkins
meets fellow unbeaten Carlos Soto in the eight-round
co-feature of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, April 14
live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m.ET/PT) from The Theater at MGM
National Harbor, MD., just outside Washington, D.C.
Malik was originally scheduled to face Venezuelan amateur
standout Juan Ruiz, but due to an injury in his right hand,
Ruiz was forced to withdraw.
In the main event of the ShoBox tripleheader, former Russian
amateur standout Dmitry Bivol defends his interim WBA Light
Heavyweight belt against Samuel Clarkson and unbeaten Glenn
Dezurn meets two-time national amateur champion Leroy Davila
in an eight-round super bantamweight showdown.
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
Malik, (10-0, 7 KOs), of Baltimore, Md., amassed a 92-8
record in the amateurs and won the Bronze Medal in the 2012
Junior Olympics. He shares the same trainer –Calvin Ford–
with stablemate and IBF Junior Lightweight Champion Gervonta
“I’m excited and eager to get in the ring,” said 21-year-old
Hawkins, “My new opponent is another reason for me to stay
focused and work ever harder. There’s a lot at stake for me.
This is the first step to give my child the life I never
“I don’t know anything about the dude,” he laughed, “But I
never really look up at who I’m fighting anyway. Training is
going great and I’m in the best shape I have ever been in my
career. I can feel it; it’s going to be an epic night for
With a new mouth to feed, just before the biggest fight of
his career, Hawkins could be excused for feeling some extra
pressure. “I’ve fought on TV before, but there’s no doubt
this is a bigger stage. I can’t say how I will win, but
let’s just say that by the end of the fight, you’ll all know
Soto, (13-0-2, 7 KOs), a seven-year pro from Torreon, Mexico
is making his United States and television debut. He’s
coming off of a third-round TKO over Alonso Martinez in
February following a three-year hiatus due to issues with
his promoter. He’s a licensed engineer and a full time,
CrossFit-certified personal trainer and.
"I've been active in the gym and I’m very confident in my
abilities,” said the 28-year-old. “I've been training for
about a year, and I've been in fighting shape for about a
year. I also ran two marathons during that time.
"I see myself as a boxer-puncher. I can box on the outside,
but I can also mix it up on the inside. I'm intelligent in
the ring and aggressive – I can go forward – but I have the
option to either box or punch. I can be effective either
way, depending on how the fight goes.
"I've seen a couple of videos of Malik Hawkins. He's tall,
he's got good distance. He's fast and intelligent, but I
haven't seen him put together many punches. I see him more
as a passive, tactical type fighter, not someone who's going
to be aggressive like me.
"I'm there to fight, I won't ever quit on my stool. I've got
a lot of heart and a lot of desire. I'm very proud of my
undefeated record, and I'm very motivated to keep my winning