O’Donnell & Fury to headline “ShoBox: The New Generation” in London

LONDON (Aug 23rd, 2010) On Friday 10th September, York Hall, Bethnal Green will host an exciting night of international boxing when former unbeaten Commonwealth champion John O’Donnell (Shepherd’s Bush / Galway) makes his U.S. “ShoBox: The New Generation” debut and takes on his toughest opponent in the ring to date over 12 rounds, New Jersey’s (USA) 1996 Olympic bronze medallist Terrence “Heat” Cauthen. 

The current English Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (Manchester/Galway) will also make his ShoBox debut as the co-feature against an international opponent over 10 rounds. (Details on Tyson’s opponent will be announced shortly)

The O’Donnell and Fury bouts will be televised in America on SHOWTIME at 11p.m. ET/PT (same day delay). The event will also be shown in Canada on the Super Channel Network and the UK Broadcaster will be announced soon.

The London based Irishman John O’Donnell said “This is a step up in class for me, Cauthen is a slick experienced southpaw who has a good reputation in the U.S. and a great amateur pedigree having won a bronze medal in the Olympics for the USA.” 

Cauthen who is nicknamed “Heat” won the Lightweight Bronze medal at the Olympic

games in Atlanta in 1996 while fighting out of Joe Frazier’s gym in Philly before turning professional, since then the fast handed southpaw has gone on to record 35 wins out of 42 contests.

“I won’t be underestimating this guy, but I am out to put on a good show and take him out in style, and show the American audience what I am all about.” The Irishman added.

Heavyweight Sensation Tyson Fury said “I am delighted to be going out to a large American audience on Showtime. I know the Americans will appreciate my style of fighting and they love heavyweights, so I am going to put a show on for them on September 10th. I want to be the first modern day Irishman to win the Heavyweight World title.” 

Promoter Mick Hennessy said “I am very proud to be doing this show with Showtime which gives me an opportunity to show the American public just how good O’Donnell and Fury are. They will both be representing the UK and Ireland on the biggest boxing stage of all.”

Marquee Super Six star Carl “the Cobra” Froch said, “I’ve known John since he turned pro in 2004 and have sparred him on a number of occasions. I believe he is one of Britain’s best prospects and by fighting tough opponents like Cauthen, it is a big step in the right direction and showing that he is a top talent who will be ready very soon to mix it up on the World stage.” 

On the undercard Colchester’s Lee “Lights Out” Purdy will be back in action looking to defend his Southern Area Welterweight title (*subject to board approval), Royston’s former ABA Champion Bradley Evans will be stepping up to 6 x 3 minutes rounds for the first time in his pro career, Phill “Intense” Fury will be looking to continue his winning ways and the highly popular Light Welterweight Chris “the flash” Evangelou from Enfield’s will be looking to entertain the York Hall crowd and extend his unbeaten record.

The evening will also see Haddenham’s Tyler Goodjohn (Light Welterweight) and John “the Gorilla” Ryder (Middleweight) of Islington out to make a name for themselves as they both make their professional debuts.

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