Rising Stars Highlight Three-Bout Showtime Boxing
Countdown Show Streaming Live This Sat., Jan. 7
A glittery lineup of rising young stars will highlight a
three-bout streaming presentation on the SHOWTIME Sports
YouTube channel and SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page taking
place this Saturday, January 7 in a Premier Boxing Champions
event from Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
The SHOWTIME BOXING COUNTDOWN show, hosted by award-winning
MORNING KOMBAT live digital talk show hosts Luke Thomas and
Brian Campbell, starts at 6:45 p.m. ET/3:45 p.m. PT and is
topped by sensational prospect Vito Mielnicki Jr. battling
Houston’s Omar Rosales in an 8/10-round super welterweight
The action will also see rising undefeated super lightweight
knockout artist Brandun Lee in an eight-round attraction
taking on Argentina’s Diego Luque, while unbeaten blue-chip
prospect Travon Marshall duels San Antonio’s Shawn West in a
six-round super welterweight matchup.
The live streaming fights will precede a SHOWTIME PPV
telecast at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT headlined by boxing
superstar and five-time world champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis
defending his WBA Lightweight Title against unbeaten world
champion Héctor Luis García.
The non-televised undercard will be highlighted by
Washington D.C. fan-favorites and top talent from the
DMV-area and its surrounding sections, including the return
of the Peterson brothers. Former two-division champion
Lamont Peterson takes on Michael Ogundo in a six-round super
lightweight fight, while his brother and once-beaten
contender Anthony Peterson steps in to face Raul Chirino in
a six-round super lightweight tilt.
Rounding out the card is Lanham, Maryland’s Keeshawn
Williams (10-1-1, 2 KOs) in a six-round welterweight bout
against Argentina’s Gustavo David Vittori (26-11-1, 12 KOs),
rising prospect and Washington, D.C.-native Jalil Hackett
(4-0, 3 KOs) dueling Joel Guevara (4-8-1, 3 KOs) in a
four-round super welterweight fight and super middleweight
Kyrone Davis (16-3-1, 6 KOs) facing Argentina’s Cristian
Fabian Rios (23-15-3, 7 KOs) in an eight-round matchup.
Plus, Gervonta Davis-stablemate and once-beaten lightweight
prospect Mia Ellis will step into the ring against New
Hampshire’s Karen Dulin in a four-round attraction.
Representing Roseland, N.J., Mielnicki (13-1, 8 KOs) returns
to the ring after completing 10 rounds for the first time in
his career when he defeated Limberth Ponce via unanimous
decision in October. The victory gave the 20-year-old his
third triumph of 2022, after a unanimous decision over Dan
Karpency in April and a stoppage of Jimmy Williams in July.
Mielnicki first turned heads during his exceptional amateur
career where he compiled a 147-22 record and was named the
Most Outstanding Boxer of the 2011 Junior National Golden
Gloves, amongst many accolades before turning pro. He takes
on the 32-year-old Rosales (9-1-1, 5 KOs), who turned pro in
August 2020, winning his first nine fights. A native of
Mexico, he now fights out of Houston, Texas.
La Quinta, California’s Lee (26-0, 22 KOs) has stopped 15 of
his last 17 opponents and is one of the sport’s most
fearsome punchers. The 23-year-old has shown his boxing
acumen in winning a pair of 10-round decisions in his last
two fights, besting Zachary Ochoa in April and Will Madera
in August. Trained by his father Bobby, Lee was also an
accomplished amateur, going an estimated 195 amateur fights
with only five losses and capturing gold at the prestigious
2015 U.S. Junior National Championships at 145 pounds. He
will be opposed by the Cordoba, Argentina native Luque
(21-10-2, 10 KOs), who took 140-pound contender Jack
Catterall the distance in a 2016 bout.
At just 22-years-old, Marshall (5-0, 4 KOs) has quickly
shown the skill, power and poise to become a highly regarded
prospect in just six fights. Born in Landover, Md., and now
fighting out of Capitol Heights, Md., Marshall will fight
near his hometown for the first time as a pro on January 7.
He added two knockout wins in 2022, stopping Timothy Parks
in March before blasting out Marcus Washington in June. He
will face West (7-2-1, 4 KOs), who fights for the first time
since scoring two victories in 2021. West brings experience
fighting on bigger events, as he lost to Kenny Robles on a
Davis undercard in 2019 and dropped a televised bout against
Joey Spencer in August 2020.