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There is a notion in boxing that the valuable skill of pure power is something you are either born with or you’ll never have. Watch Ivan Redkach for just one round and that pure power is evident. When he lands a punch his opponent’s demeanor immediately changes. If he lands flush his opponents are disconnected from their senses. Redkach’s power and ferocity in the ring are downright scary, leading many boxing insiders to believe that it won’t be long before Redkach is wearing a piece of the lightweight championship around his waist.

Ivan Redkach vs Tony Luis live

Luis vs Redkach

Luis vs Redkach

Fresh off a December camp with pound for pound star Guillermo Rigondeaux, Canada’s Tony Luis is looking to kickoff 2014 with a bang when he takes on unbeaten Ivan Redkach in the main event live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast)!

ShoBox: The New Generation will kick off 2014 this Friday, Jan. 17, when the promising Ukrainian lightweight, puts his undefeated record (15-0, 13 KO’s) on the line against once-beaten Tony Luis (17-1, 7 KO’s) in the 10-round main event of a four-fight telecast airing live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

Unbeaten Ukrainian hard hitting lightweight prospect Ivan Redkach (15-0, 13KOs) is set to take on Tony Luis (17-1, 7KOs) of Canada. This Friday live on ShoBox: “The New Generation” from the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee. We caught up with Redkach as he wrapped up his training camp last week preparing for this fight at the Ponce De Leon Gym in Montebello, California.

Ivan Redkach vs Tony Luis live

luis vs Redkach

luis vs Redkach

“I did three months I feel good with my power and strength I am in good physical condition, very bad ass,” Redkach told Fightnews.com via interpreter. Redkach will be headlining the first telecast of the year on Showtime to kick off the 2014 Showtime year of boxing. “I am ready for the fight I can’t wait for Friday 17th to be here, I am happy and ready to be fighting on ShoBox,” Redkach said.

Stopping 13 of his 15 opponents, the southpaw is unknown to many but will have his opportunity to make a statement in his Showtime debut. Redkach is coming off a third round TKO over Lowell Brownfield last November. His prior bout against Antonio Sanchez was ruled a no-contest in Lincoln, Rhode Island, a fight Redkach was dominating.

“I am a strong puncher and I can box,” Redkach said.

His Canadian counterpart the once beaten Tony Luis won a decision over Raphael Luna in his last fight. Coming in with an opposite style than the power punching Redkach, Luis is a fast slick orthodox boxer and as the old saying in boxing goes styles make fights. “My opponent is fast I have seen video of him,” Redkach stated regarding Luis.

Now living in Los Angeles the 27-year-old Redkach is ranked #13 by the WBC as he slowly working his way up the lightweight division, a weight class stacked with talent which includes Cuban’s WBA interim champion Yuriorkis Gamboa and WBA champion Richard Abril, WBO champion Ricky Burns of Scotland, Mexican IBF champion Miguel Vasquez, WBC interim champion Omar Figueroa, along with unbeaten contenders Terrance Crawford and Denis Shafikov.

“For now my focus is the fight against Luis. Hopefully later down the line I can fight Gamboa,” Redkach stated about his future plans.

Growing up on the rough streets of his native Ukraine, Redkach amassed an impressive 260-40 record as an amateur, which culminated in him being a 2008 Olympic Team alternate for his country. Redkach relocated to Los Angeles and turned pro in November 2009. Since then, Redkach has continued to impress every time he steps into the ring and forced boxing insiders to take notice. Twelve of Redkach’s 13 knockouts have come in three rounds or less, with six coming in the first. Redkach has made ESPN.com’s “Top 20 Prospects to Watch” list the last two years (2012 & 2013) and has garnered rave reviews from a number of esteemed boxing media and personnel.

Redkach knows that an impressive showing against the talented Luis on a nationally televised ShoBox event will take him one step closer to fulfilling his ultimate goal of capturing a world championship.

“This has been the best camp of my life,” stated a confident and focused Redkach. “My team has transformed me into a machine that is built to fight. On Jan. 17, Tony Luis will realize this very quickly and he will feel it in each and every one of my punches. 2014 is my year and I am not going to let Tony Luis stand in my way.”

Manager Larry Army is equally as confident that this will be Redkach’s breakout year and coming out party, proclaiming, “The Chinese have called 2014 the year of the horse, but in boxing, 2014 will be the year of Ivan Redkach.”

In co-featured bouts on Jan. 17, unbeaten junior middleweights John Thompson (14-0, 5 KO’s) and Frank Galarza (11-0-2, 7 KO’s) collide in an eight-round matchup and fast-rising and highly regarded up-and-coming prospect Antoine Douglas (11-0, 7 KO’s) squares off against Marquis Davis (8-0-2, 5 KO’s) in an eight-round middleweight showdown. Opening the telecast will be hard-hitting Maurice Hooker (12-0-1, 9 KO’s) fellow undefeated prospect Abel Ramos (8-0, 4KO’s) in an eight-round junior welterweight matchup.

The card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in association with GH3 Promotions, Greg Cohen Promotions and Prize Fight Boxing, and will take place at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tenn. The SHOWTIME telecast will air live at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

Barry Tompkins will call the ShoBox 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.

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