Detroit Welterweight Janelson Bocachica Ready For ShoBox
Opener Against Roiman Villa On Sept. 9
Undefeated Detroit-based welterweight prospect Janelson
Bocachica (17-0-1, 11 KOs) is deep in preparation for his
return to SHOBOX: The New Generation against knockout artist
Roiman Villa (24-1, 24 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight
battle on Friday, September 9, live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m.
ET/PT from the all-new Bally’s Casino Resort Atlantic City.
The exciting tripleheader, promoted by Sampson Boxing and
Paco Presents, also features one-punch knockout artist
Joseph “Blessed Hands” Adorno (16-1-2, 14 KOs) taking on
undefeated Argentinean Hugo Alberto Roldan (21-0-1, 7 KOs)
in the 10-round super lightweight main event for the IBF
Latino Junior Welterweight Championship and undefeated
Filipino prospect Bernard Angelo Torres (16-0, 7 KOs)
against once-beaten Dominican Frency Fortunato (13-1, 10
KOs) in a 10-round featherweight attraction.
Preparing to make his third consecutive SHOBOX appearance,
Bocachica is hard at work with trainer Nelson Figueroa at
the Downtown Boxing Gym in Detroit. The 23-year-old says
he’s looking to make a statement in this important battle.
“People say I’m just a puncher, so I want to show my skills
in this fight,” said Bocachica. “This guy is a puncher
himself. He wants to come forward and fight. That’s the type
of fighter I want to face to show my skills. I finally have
somebody to put it against. We’ve been waiting.”
Bocachica was last seen on Showtime in July 2021, his most
recent ring appearance, where he fought fellow prospect
Shinard Bunch to a 10-round split-draw in the co-main event.
Prior to that in February 2021, he earned his best win to
date, a majority decision win over previously unbeaten Mark
“I learned in that fight that it’s not about who is
stronger,” he explained of the Bunch fight. “It’s about
actually winning and boxing. I’ve got to use that jab, use a
lot more footwork and come in on angles, sharpshooting. I
need to come with more of a game plan, instead of thinking I
can walk over somebody.”
Having started camp in July for this fight by helping
two-division world champion Danny Garcia prepare for his
recent impressive victory over Jose Benavidez Jr., Bocachica
says working with a world champion like Garcia taught him a
“He showed me a lot of footwork,” said Bocachica. “People
don’t know he has great footwork and he passed that on to
me. We became friends. He’s even coming to Detroit to train
with me. He’s a super smart businessman and I look up to
All of the hard work, says Bocachica, will help him present
a more well-rounded style to the SHOWTIME audience in
September. Bocachica will need to be cautious as all 24 of
the Venezuelan sharpshooter Villa’s victories have come by
way of stoppage.
“I’m not going in looking for just the knockout. I’m going
to be boxing instead of being so aggressive,” he said. “I‘ll
be setting a million traps and waiting for him to mess up.
He wants to brawl, but we’re not going to be there to give
him the fight he wants.”
“Janelson is one of the best welterweight prospects in the
world from Detroit — the city of boxing champions — taking
on another significant fight to cement himself as a force in
the division,” said his co-promoter, Dmitriy Salita.
“I’m very excited for Janelson to have this opportunity,”
said his other co-promoter, Marshall Kauffman of King’s
Promotions. “He learned a lot from sparring with Danny
Garcia and he’s looking forward to showing off all his
skills against a good opponent who can punch.”