Heavyweights Franklin & Forrest Predicting Knockouts On
ShoBox July 12
Both Jermaine Franklin and Jerry ďSluggerĒ Forrest are
predicting knockouts when the two heavyweights face off in
the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, July
Franklin (18-0, 13 KOs) from Saginaw, Mich., and Forrest
(25-2, 19 KOs), of Newport News, Va., will meet in the
10-round main event live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) from
Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. Battle at the Boat 122
is presented by Salita Promotions and Brian Halquist
In the co-featured bout, undefeated Swedish heavyweight and
top-10 ranked contender Otto Wallin (20-0, 13 KOs) will
battle former world title challenger BJ Flores (34-4-1, 21
KOs) in a 10-round clash. The opening bout of the
tripleheader telecast will feature a match-up of undefeated
featherweight prospects as Giovanni Mioletti (16-0, 7 KOs)
faces off with Luis Porozo (14-0, 7 KOs).
The 25-year-old Franklin, a 2014 National Golden Gloves
Champion and widely regarded as the top American heavyweight
prospect, says heíll be a different fighter against Forrest
than the one who made his ShoBox debut with a unanimous
decision over former No. 1-ranked U.S. amateur Rydell Booker
ďI learned to have more self-control and patience in that
fight,Ē said Franklin. ďBoxing is a tough sport and I think
as a boxer, sometimes we try too hard to go for the
knockout. I learned to stay patient, be calm, fight my fight
and not rush things.Ē
Against Forrest, Franklin will be facing a more aggressive
and less mobile style, which may be more suited to him than
Bookerís elusive counterpunching.
ďIíve seen some tape on Forrest and I know heís left-handed
and throws a lot of looping punches,Ē Franklin said. ďHeíll
be right in front for me to hit. He seems very flat-footed,
so Iíll use angles against him. But I feel like I donít need
a certain opponent to look good against. I took myself out
of my last fight. I didnít show what I can do. Iíll be more
focused this time. Iíve developed to another stage since
Franklin says itís slowly sinking in that heís graduated to
a main event fighter.
ďIt just hit me two or three days ago that Iím headlining my
own card on SHOWTIME,Ē said Franklin. ďFor a while it seemed
unreal, but I donít want to get too excited, so Iím trying
to stay level-headed right now. Iíve been doing a lot of
weight training and resistance training and pushing past the
limit. I do a full workout in the gym and then workout on
something else for another hour. Iím pushing past the limits
of being tired to regain that second wind faster. Iím
learning how to work hard without emptying my gas tank.Ē
According to Franklin, if he uses all his tools the way heís
supposed to, heíll walk away with another knockout on his
ďI picture a knockout or TKO,Ē Franklin said. ďIím not going
to rush anything. Iím just going to fight my fight, but I
feel I can get the KO if I stay calm. Itíll come. Itís
The 31-year-old Forrest has won 18 consecutive fights and
says this fight will show the world what he already knows:
that heís a world-class heavyweight who was waiting for his
ďHonestly, itís kind of like the first chance for people to
see what Iíve already been doing for years,Ē Forrest said.
ďThe only difference is the cameras. Itíll still be my
fight. Just the world gets to see it. I canít wait to show
on a national scale what I was capable of.Ē
Surprisingly, Forrest says his ring name of ďSluggerĒ has
nothing to do with boxing.
ďSlugger is not really a nickname,Ē Forrest said. ďMy entire
family calls me slugger because I almost passed away when I
was born. My mom had blood poisoning and had to have
transfusions. They told my parents to go ahead and get a
casket prepared for me. My mom told me Ďyou got to fight,
slugger.í Shortly after that, I opened my eyes for the first
Forrest says he and trainer Anthony Chase are putting in
good work but havenít done anything different in the gym for
this big test.
ďIíve already had four fights this year,Ē Forrest continued.
ďIím in fantastic shape and training is going well. I do two
or three workouts a day. Iím working on my recovery time a
bit more, but I havenít changed the way I do things. I donít
change the process if it works. I just do more.Ē
Power and experience are the reasons why Forrest predicts
heíll stop Franklin.
ďIím going to outbox him until I stop him,Ē said Forrest.
ďHe canít outbox me. I donít think he has the skills, power,
stamina, accuracy or boxing IQ to stand with me. Itís not a
real planned style of his. I donít think he thinks much in
the ring. If youíre in better shape as a heavyweight, you
will win the fight. Iím sure heís training a bit harder, but
he didnít take his last fight seriously and he got hit with
a lot of flush shots.
ďIím a power puncher. I have 19 KOs and a lot of them are in
the early rounds. Iím good at seeing punches and being able
to avoid them. Iím also very adaptive in the ring and even
though heís taller, his reach is shorter than mine. A lot of
guys get thrown up really fast and theyíre not ready for it.
This is one of those cases. I will stop him.Ē
Barry Tompkins will call the action from ringside with
boxing historian Steve Farhood and former world champion
Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive
producer is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and
Rick Phillips directing.