A ShoBox card coming to the Main Street Armory in Rochester features three highly touted prospects who are looking to get back into top form after the first setbacks of their careers. Ronald Ellis, Thomas Mattice & Dominic Wade started their careers a combined 35-0, but have gone a combined 11-1-3 in their last 5 fights each. Mattice and Wade suffered their lone setbacks in their last fights, while Ronald Ellis has gone 3-0-2 in his last 5 fights. They will face challengers of varying pedigrees and skill levels, but each man hopes to get themselves back on track with a big win on Friday night.
Ronald Ellis is an unbeaten super middleweight contender who has seen some struggles as he has risen in level of competition. Having fought only one fighter with a winning record prior to his first draw, Ellis has fought to two draws in his last five fights and is looking to get a win on ShoBox after fighting to a draw in his last appearance. His opponent, DeAndre Ware, is a powerful fighter who has beaten undefeated competition before. A win here for Ellis gets him back on track, and a convincing win elevates him as a prospect.
Thomas Mattice had a memorable and highly controversial series of matches against Zhora Hamazaryan. He defeated Hamazaryan in the first fight, in a match which nearly all ringside observers felt Zhora had won comfortably, before fighting him to a draw in the rematch. Mattice looks to bounce back in his first fight since those two hard fought, close fights. He will be fighting Will Madera, an in-state fighter who will likely come with a lot of support from the crowd. Madera is unbeaten with two draws, but will be taking a massive step up in class. This looks to be a competitive fight on paper, with Mattice looking to get back on track and Madera looking to elevate his status as a prospect.
Dominic Wade was thrown to the wolves in April 2016, when he as an unbeaten prospect fought the one man wrecking crew known as Gennady Golovkin. GGG knocked Wade out in round two, setting the stage for a 33 month layoff. Wade will look to get back into form against Martin Fidel Rios, a 23-18-4 fighter who has lost 5 of his last 6 fights. Wade’s team seems to be looking to get him back into form, shake off some ring rust and move forward as a contender at middleweight.
This ShoBox tripleheader will be broadcast on Showtime at 10 PM Eastern Time.
Article courtesy of Rocco Lucente