Isaiah Steen Ready To Headline ShoBox Friday
The longest running televised prospect series “ShoBox” is back Friday night from Atlantic City, NJ, with unbeaten super middleweight prospect Isaiah Steen ready to be featured. He’ll fight a veteran from Ghana in Sena Agbeko in a scheduled 10 rounder.
And, Thursday afternoon the fighters weighed in and gave their final comments before their bouts.
“Cleveland’s fast-rising blue-chip prospect Isaiah Steen (16-0, 12 KOs) and dangerous power-puncher Sena Agbeko (26-2, 21 KOs), representing Nashville, Tenn., both made weight at Thursday’s official weigh-in a day ahead of their 10-round super middleweight main event on SHOBOX: The New Generation tomorrow night, Friday, October 21 live on SHOWTIME as the prospect developmental series returns to Bally’s Atlantic City Casino & Resort, the site of the first SHOBOX® 21 years ago, for the second time in two months.
In the co-feature, perennial spoiler and SHOBOX alum Marquis Taylor (12-1-2, 1 KO), from Houston, Texas, takes on undefeated Detroit native Marlon Harrington (8-0, 7 KOs) in an eight-round super welterweight attraction. Plus, undefeated heavyweight prospects Elvis Garcia (12-0, 9 KOs) and Moses Johnson (8-0-1, 7 KOs), from Huntington, N.Y., square off in an intriguing eight-round bout that opens the telecast.
Super Middleweight 10-Round Bout
Isaiah Steen – 166.2 lbs.
Sena Agbeko – 167.2 lbs.
Referee: Charles Fitch; Judges: Mark Consentino (N.J.), Anthony Lundy (N.J.), Joseph Pasquale (N.J.)
Super Welterweight Eight-Round Bout
Marquis Taylor – 154 lbs.
Marlon Harrington – 153.6 lbs.
Referee: Ricardo Vera; Judges: Jacklyn Atkins (N.J), Tony Lundy (N.J.), Joseph Pasquale (N.J.)
Heavyweight Eight-Round Bout
Elvis Garcia – 232.8 lbs.
Moses Johnson – 259 lbs.
Referee: Charles Fitch; Judges: Jacklyn Atkins (N.J.), Mark Consentino (N.J.), Joseph Pasquale (N.J.)
Isaiah Steen Confident In His Skills
“This is one of my biggest fights. My layoff was just due to a lot of fights and shows not happening and opponents backing out but I was always in the gym getting ready for the opportunity.
My last fight on SHOBOX I was out-boxing Kalvin Henderson in the beginning of the fight, and I was trying to take him out. It didn’t go according to the game plan. I changed the game plan and used my jab to get the victory.
“Sparring with [my half-brother] Charles Conwell has been great. He’s really pushed me and shown me a lot of inside game stuff, so I’m well prepared for this fight on the inside. I’m well prepared for this fight. Nothing worries me about him but he should be worried about me for this fight.”
Agbeko Will Provide Challenge
As for Agbeko, he’s won three straight bouts by stoppage after suffering his second loss of his career to contender Vladimir Shishkin on a decision in February 2021.
“I’m one of the best super middleweights in the world. I just need the stage to prove it. I know a little bit about him. After I beat my last opponent, apparently Steen wanted to fight me. As fate would have it, his opponent fell through and he reached out and I said, ‘Let’s get it on.’ I imagine that Isaiah is right around the same level as my last opponent. I know he’s a young, hungry fighter but I believe I’m hungrier. This is an opportunity for me and I’m ready to take it,” Abeko said Thursday.
The three fight broadcast begins at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Friday night on Showtime from Bally’s Atlantic City.
Hall of Famer Barry Tompkins calls the action from ringside with veteran combat sports reporter and MORNING KOMBAT host Brian Campbell and former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts with Hall of Famer Steve Farhood remotely performing unofficial scoring duties. The executive producer of SHOBOX: The New Generation is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.