On Friday, Feb. 22, Gary Shaw Productions will promotes a Showtime double header at the Morongo Casino Resort in Cabazon, California.
Super featherweight, Art Hovhannisyan (15-0-2, 8 KOs), of Glendale, Calif., will headline against Alejandro Perez (16-3-1, 11 KOs), of Salinas, Calif., in a 10-rounder.
The eight-round co-feature that opens the telecast will showcase Tureano "Reno" Johnson (13-0, 10 KOs), who represented the Bahamas in the 2008 Olympic Games, against fellow unbeaten Willie Fortune (15-0, 7 KOs), of Detroit, Mich., in a middleweight match.
Shaw is excited about his rising stars and the exposure they will get from appearing on ShoBox.
"The card is going to be really special because it is filled with fresh faces that possess real talent,’’ Shaw said. "There are a lot of great fighters in the world and great prospects, but you never get the chance to see them. This show will give fans a chance to really understand that the next star is never too far away. Fighters have different personalities in the ring; they can have similar styles and still perform completely different. This will be a good opportunity for fans to get familiar with two very unique talents.’’
Hovhannisyan believes he is coming along exceptionally well as he develops his identity in the ring.
"It’s a demanding sport with constant obstacles on a daily basis," Hovhannisyan said. "The margin for error is so small that even good fighters that do the right things can slip up in a single instance. I know what is expected of me with every performance and I use my training time wisely. I look at every day as a chance to prove something and I’ve been proving myself for a long time, I focus on the little battles in camp so that I can be victorious in the battle that takes place in the ring."
The chance to headline an event is always a rewarding feeling, but Hovhannisyan knows that it is extra special when a network takes interests and allows a fighter’s abilities to be broadcast around the world.
"I treat every fight with the importance it deserves and I never underestimate my opponents, but this is definitely a little different knowing that fans that wouldn’t normally get to see you can through Showtime,’’ Hovhannisyan, 31, said. "It’s fitting being on Showtime because that’s how I feel when I go out there. It will be show time for me and I just know the fans of the sport will be pleased with what I bring to the ring."
Shaw is very confident in Hovhannisyan, the potential he shows and the progress he’s made.
"We’ve matched this kid tough, that’s what he’s wanted,’’ Shaw said. "Art knows what he wants out of boxing; that’s an important part of the process because it’s not enough to want to be the best. That kind of mentality is vague and it puts you in a constant uphill battle. He’s after very specific goals and I believe he is well on his way to achieving his success.’’
February 6, 2013